Technical Editing:
Proofreading — Rude 13

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  1. Why is it risky to print directly from a copyedited document?
    The misspellings may not be corrected.
    It does not give the compositor enough information.
    The copyeditor's directions may not have been incorporated correctly.
    There are no risks.
  2. What do proofreaders and copyeditors share in common?
    Both place most of their marks within the text.
    The symbols used by both are similar.
    They both correct copy taken directly from the writer.
    They share little in common.
  3. What is one major difference between proofreading and copyediting?
    Proofreading requires more concentration.
    Copyediting requires more concentration.
    Copyeditors introduce change only if the proofreader has overlooked errors.
    Proofreaders introduce change only if the copyeditor has overlooked errors.
  4. At what point in the publication process does proofreading occur?
    After copyediting.
    After printing or online launch and before the copyedit.
    After the copyedit and before printing or online launch.
    Whenever the copyeditor thinks that proofreading is needed.
  5. In the example proofread text in this chapter, what does the circled word rom mean?
    Use regular body font for the circled word.
    Use Times New Roman font for the circle word.
    Insert the word rom in place of the circled word.
  6. Which of the following best describes how proofreaders work?
    They compare current and previous version of a document to ensure corrections have been made correctly.
    They establish spelings and mechanics when one more than one option is available.
    They establish type style and size, typeface, spacing, and margins.
    They make sure that the material is correct, consistent, accurate, and complete.
  7. Which of the following is the most important reason why accurate proofreading is important?
    Mistakes are embarrassing.
    Mistakes are an annoyance.
    Mistakes are costly to fix once the type has been set.
    Mistakes can result in bad public relations.
  8. What is dead copy?
    The final versions of a document
    The first version of a document
    The least accurate version of a document
    The previous version of a document
  9. What is the main difference between how proofreaders and how copyeditors mark errors?
    Copyeditors mark mistakes in the margins; proofreaders, in the text.
    Copyeditors make most of their marks in the text; proofreaders make most of their marks in the margins.
    Copyeditors make most of their marks in the margins; proofreaders, in the text.
    Copyeditors mark mistakes in either margin; proofreaders in only the right margin.
  10. Where do proofreaders' marks for punctuation go?
    Mostly in the text
    Mostly at the bottom
    Equally in the text and in the margin
    Mostly in the margins
  11. How do you separate multiple corrections that appear on the same line of copy being proofread?
    Circle the first correction.
    Put brackets around the first correction.
    Write a note in the margin.
    Use a slash to separate them.
  12. What visual problems cause mistakes for proofreaders?
    Similarities of word shapes can cause misspellings and typos to be overlooked.
    Computer screens sometimes get blurry and thus cause misspellings and typos to be overlooked.
    Looking at text for too long can make it seem blurry and thus cause misspellings and typos to be overlooked.
    Too many words on a page make proofreading difficult and thus cause misspellings and typos to be overlooked.
  13. In the example proofread text in this chapter, why are some the proofreader's comments circled?
    To make them stand out.
    To indicate they should be incorporated into the text.
    To indicate they should not be incorporated into the text.
  14. What is one common mistake to pay special attention for when proofreading numbers?
    Reversed numbers
    Hard-to-read numbers
    Numbers that should be spelled out
    Numbers that are misrepresented
  15. What is a good rule to follow when you find a mistake on a line?
    Continue proofreading but watch carefully for repetition of the same mistake.
    Because mistakes tend to cluster, go back over the same line.
    Watch for mistakes on the next line.
    Go back over all of the preceding text from line 1.
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