Writing for the Government:
Week 2 Short-Answer Quiz

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  1. Chapter 2 discusses the importance of social interchange in government writing. What groups of people do the authors list as crucial to the social interchange involved in government writing?

  2. In your own words, describe what the authors mean by discourse conventions within a discourse community.

  3. In your own words, describe the plain language movement as discussed in chapter 2.

  4. What ethical decision related to writing do the authors discuss as the cause of the Staten Island ferry disaster?

  5. According to our discussion on professional style, why should government writers avoid discussing personal information in any correspondence they write (including email)?

  6. According to our discussion on professional style, why are assumptions dangerous in administrative policy writing.

  7. In our hypothetical scenario from the professional style discussion, what was the assumption that the FAA inspector made in his report?

  8. According to our discussion on professional style, in what form of writing is it acceptable to refer to people by their first name and in what form is it not acceptable?

   

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