Technical Editing:
Marking Paper Copy — Rude 4


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  1. Who is the audience for an editor's copy marks?
    The writer and production specialist.
    There is no audience.
    The proofreader.
    The subject matter expert.

  2. What are gtwo other names for production specialist?
    Typesetter, editor
    Production editor, typesetter
    Typesetter, compositor
    Printer, production editor

  3. Where arecopyediting marks placed in doublespaced and in singlespace copy?
    In the margins and within the text, respectively
    Within the text and in the margins, respectively

    At the bottom and top margins, respectively At the top and bottom margins, respectively

  4. Where do instructions for the production specialist appear?
    Wherever they fit.
    In the text.
    In the margins.
    At the bottom of the page.

  5. What directions do copymarks provide to production specialists?
    Line length, justification, and typeface.
    Line length, justification, and page numbering.
    Justification, page numbering, and margins.
    Margins, page numbering, and page size.

  6. What can you as an editor do to help the production specialist locate specific changes?
    Make your marks neatly.
    Use a bright colored pen or pencil.
    Circle your marks.
    Make notations in the margins.

  7. While editing, you notice that the writer consistently misspells a particular word. How do you mark this?
    Mark each occurrence.
    Mark the first occurrence.
    Mark the first two occurrences
    Mark the first occurrence and write a note about the other misspellings.

  8. What does RR mean?
    Right margin flush.
    Right margin justified
    Right margin ragged.
    Right margin realign.

  9. What does FL mean?
    The space between the lines are to be full leading.
    The space between letters are to full leading.
    The left margin is to be flush.
    The left margin is to be indented.

  10. How do you distinguish notes meant for authors and those meant for production specialists?
    Begin those for authors with "au:" and those for production specialists with "comp:"
    Use different color marks.
    It's not necessary to distinguish because you never write notes to authors.

  11. When marking punctuation to show that a period is needed,
    Circle the period.
    Use a caret.
    Use a check mark.
    No distinguishing mark is necessary.

  12. How do you show that a comma should be converted to a period?
    Check the comma and write "Make this a period" in the left margin.
    Just write a note in the margin.
    Place an inverted caret over the period and draw a tail.
    Draw a period over the comma and circle.

  13. What's the difference between a hyphen and a dash?
    Hyphens are only used with numbers.
    Dashes are used only with numbers.
    Hyphens mark a combination of words; dashes separate words or phrases from the rest of a sentence.
    Dashes mark a combination of words; hyphens separate words or phrases from the rest of a sentence.

  14. How do you show that an end-of-line hyphen should retained if the word breaks differently in the final copy?
    Underline the hyphen that should be retained.
    Underline the hyphen and mark a diagonal line through it.
    Underline the hyphen and mark a check above it.

  15. What is one of the main purposes that an en dash serves?
    It shows numbers in a range.
    It separates appositives in sentences.
    It sets off independent clauses.
    It sets off words in sentences.

  16. What does an editor do if a writer skips a space between a dash and text that surrounds it?
    Write a note.
    Write a query.
    Mark it with right-side-up and upside-down crescents to join the dash and next letter.
    Mark with a check mark.

  17. Queries are usually questions to the author about
    Content
    Page numbering
    Layout
    Design

  18. Why does Rude advise editors to avoid evaluative statements in their queries ?
    Writers need to know exactly what the editor wants them do.
    Evaluative statements may upset the writer and prevent cooperation.
    Evaluative statements are too specific; they tell writers exactly how to fix the problem the editor has identified.

  19. Why would you attach a query slip to a page?
    It gives the writer more room to write the query to you the editor or to the printer/production specialist; it also makes it easier for the production specialist to find the query.
    It gives you the editor more room to write your query and prevents clutter on the text pages that may distract the production specialist.
    It makes it easier for you the editor to make comments that you are not certain about; you can remove the query slip if the writer rejects the query or write it on the text pages if it is valid.
    It is useful for minor, simple questions; such a query slip keeps the text page from becoming too cluttered, reserving it for complex questions.

  20. Why would you want to include the text's page number on a query slip?
    To help you keep track of you query.
    To help the writer keep track of your query.
    To show where the query goes if the slip should become detached.



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