Indexing Quiz

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  1. Which of the following best explains the function of an index entry?
    It indicates a topic that is covered in the document.
    It indicates the page on which discussion of a topic begins.
    It indicates the pages on which discussion of a topic occur.
  2. According to this chapter, which of the following is the best place to start developing an index?
    Collect index entries from the actual paragraph text of the document.
    Develop index entries from the headings and subheadings in the document.
    Have your software do an automatic index and edit the output.
  3. As you develop the first index entries, this chapter recommends that you "clone" those index entries. Which of the following explains what that means?
    Create entries based on similar words that readers might be using instead of the terms you've chosen.
    Rearrange the words so that each important key word in the term begins an index entry.
    Subordinate similar entries under a more general term.
    Develop index entries from the headings and subheadings in the document.
  4. At the same you are cloning index entries, this chapter recommends that you create synonym entries. Which of the following explains why and provides a correct example?
    Because some readers might be using different terms than you do: for example, floppy disk rather than diskette.
    Because some readers might look up the topic using a different word in the phrase for that topic: for example, changing case and case, changing.
    Because some readers may not realize that closely related topics are also discussed in the book: for example, files as well as directories.
  5. Which of the following provides the best set of cloned entries for this initial entry: inserting text box?
    inserting text boxes; text boxes, inserting; boxes, inserting text
    inserting text boxes; text boxes, inserting
    inserting notes; note boxes, inserting; boxes, inserting text
  6. Which of the following explains why it is still important to go through the actual text looking for additional index entries?
    To make sure that the headings do discuss the topics covered in the paragraphs that follow those headings.
    To look for cloned entries that might be hiding the text.
    To find topics that are not included or indicated in the headings.
  7. Which of the following best explains the difference between See references and See also references in an index?
    See references point from a synonym entry to the preferred term where all the page references are. See also references point to closely related index entries.
    See also references point from a synonym entry to the preferred term where all the page references are. See references point to closely related index entries.
  8. This chapter recommends that if you have more than a certain number of page references after an index entry, you label and subordinate each one. What is that recommended number?
    Three
    Four
    Five
  9. In a rough-draft index, you'll often find that you have indexed with both the singular and the plural of an index term (for example, file and files). What does this chapter recommend for this situation?
    Leave the singular and plural entries as they are—for technical accuracy.
    Make the plural entries singular.
    Make the singular entries plural.
  10. Which capitalization and punctuation style should you use for index entries?
    Use initial caps on index entries and a comma between the index term and the page entries.
    Use lowercase on index entries and a comma between the index term and the page entries.
    Use lowercase on index entries and no comma between the index term and the page entries.
    Use initial caps on index entries and no comma between the index term and the page entries.
    Use the capitalization and punctuation style required or used by the organization you are writing for.
       

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