Technical Editing:
Organization — Rude 17

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  1. When checking the organization of a procedures document, an editor looks for
    Document structure that matches the content structure
    Document structure that conforms to chronological structure
    Organization by task
    Organization by chronology
  2. When checking the organization of a proposal, an editor looks for
    Document structure that matches the content structure
    Document structure that conforms to chronological structure
    Organization by task
    Organization by chronology
  3. In a document in which readers aim to learn, which is the best organizational approach?
    Content-based order
    Task-based order
    Topic-based order
    User-based order
  4. When should you use a content-based organizational approach?
    In a report
    In instructions
    In any document
    In a user-based document
  5. What does this chapter say about using an organizational pattern based on individual product functions?
    It's the best way to organize the contents of a set of instructions.
    It frustrates users because they can't find the topics they want to learn about.
    It's the best way to organize the contents of a textbook.
    It frustrates users because they can't find the tasks they want to perform.
  6. Which of the following uses an organizational pattern based on individual product functions?
    Start menu, Edit menu, Configuration window, Data fields
    Enter personal data, Change your password, Log in to the system
    Personal data, System login, Configuration, System data
  7. According to Rude, what is one reason that software manuals are sometimes hard to understand?
    Writers organize information according to chronology.
    Writers don't pay attention to product function.
    Writers are too quick to use technical jargon.
    Writers tend to organize information by function rather than user tasks.
  8. Which organizational approach would you recommend for a proposal?
    Content-based order
    Task-based order
    Goals, objectives, strategies, evaluation
    Problem statement, literature review, methodoloy, results, discussion
    The approach required by the RFP.
  9. Which organizational approach would you recommend for a business plan?
    Content-based order
    Task-based order
    Goals, objectives, strategies, evaluation
    Problem statement, literature review, methodoloy, results, discussion
    The approach required by the RFP.
  10. Which organizational approach would you recommend for a research report for a scientific journal?
    Content-based order
    Task-based order
    Goals, objectives, strategies, evaluation
    Problem statement, literature review, methodology, results, discussion
    The approach required by the RFP.
  11. When would you use a comparison-contrast organizational pattern?
    In instructions
    In a narrative document
    To enable readers to weigh options
    To enable readers to perform a seies of tasks.
  12. Which organizational approach or technique has been used to transform the list in Figure 17.1 to the one shown in Figure 17.2?
    Grouping
    Management by objective (MBO)
    Comparison-contrast
    Narrative sequence
  13. What is top-down editing?
    Ensuring major points are stated in a document and then ensuring that they filled out in the detail following those points.
    Studying the detail contained in a document and then checking to see that you can extrapolate the major points based on that detail.
    Ensuring that major points in a document are stated at the beginning of paragraphs.
    Ensuring that major points in a document are stated at the end of paragraphs.
  14. Well-organized documents are ordered in predictable ways according to
    Patterns that are unique.
    Patterns that are imaginative.
    Patterns that readers have learned through perception.
    Patterns that readers have learned through experience.
  15. What is the first task of an editor editing for organization?
    Compare the organization to previously completed documents.
    Compare the organization to that of other documents.
    Compare the organization to that of documents referred to in this text.
    Compare the organization to that of other documents with similar content and audiences.
  16. What can an editor do to anticipate questions that readers may have?
    Imagine what the writer knows and needs.
    Think of where and how a reader will use the document.
    Imagine what the reader knows and needs.
    Think of what readers will be doing when they read the document.
  17. Generally, good organization follows what pattern?
    Provides general information first, followed by more detailed information.
    Provides details first followed by more general information.
    Provides general information.
    Provides details.
  18. What kind of documents lend themselves to a chronological structure?
    Research reports in scientific journals
    Feasibility reports.
    Proposals.
    Instructions.
  19. What is one way to link sentences within a paragraph?
    Repeat sentence structures throughout the paragraph.
    Use only simple words.
    Tie the beginning of a sentence to the end of the previous sentence.
    Make the sentence structures parallel throughout the paragraph.
  20. What is another way to link sentences within a paragraph.
    Use repetitions or variations of key words in adjoining sentences.
    Tie the beginning of a sentence to the end of the previous sentence.
    Make the sentence structures parallel throughout the paragraph.
    Use words that are appropriate for the reading level of the reader.


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