Multiple Choice Quiz

  1. A story with a humorous, surprising ending is called
      a. a roundup.
      b. a bright.
      c. a sidebar.
      d. an obituary.
  2. Suspended-interest stories are ones that
      a. save a surprising twist for the ending.
      b. leave readers guessing what happened.
      c. are continued on the next day.
      d. allow readers to suspend their interest and read something else.
  3. A risk to avoid in writing a bright is
      a. including too many quotations.
      b. including too many facts and details.
      c. making fun of the ill-fortune others experience.
      d. having a surprising twist at the end.
  4. Another term for the follow-up story is
      a. sidebar.
      b. obituary.
      c. repetitious story.
      d. second-day story.
  5. The follow-up story should emphasize
      a. the earliest developments but include the new ones at the end.
      b. the personalities involved in the events and not the new developments.
      c. the settings in which the events occurred and not the new developments.
      d. new developments but include a brief recapitulation of earlier stories.
  6. Follow-up stories have become more common because
      a. news organizations are more committed to following stories to their conclusion.
      b. they are easy to report and write because much of the work is already done.
      c. they are unlikely to anger readers or advertisers.
      d. such stories often have heart-warming or humorous endings.
  7. When several newsworthy events of a similar nature occur within a short time, news organizations will often summarize all of them in one story called
      a. an obituary.
      b. a roundup.
      c. a sidebar.
      d. a follow-up.
  8. Stories that describe developments related to a major event that is described in another story are called
      a. follow-ups.
      b. roundups.
      c. brights.
      d. sidebars.
  9. The three common forms of death reports are
      a. the death or funeral notice, the biographical obituary and the feature obituary.
      b. the biographical obituary, the feature obituary and the roundup.
      c. the death or funeral notice, the biographical obituary and the follow-up.
      d. the feature obituary, the death or funeral notice and the roundup.
  10. The central point of the biographical obituary is
      a. the cause of the person’s death.
      b. the age of the person at the time of death.
      c. the life of the person who died.
      d. the number of relatives the deceased had.
  11. Feature obituaries are published when
      a. a well-known newsworthy person has died.
      b. a death has occurred in an particularly gruesome way.
      c. a person has died in a public place.
      d. the person who died had an unusual hobby or occupation.
  12. In reporting on the deaths of famous people, news organizations include facts they may not include in obituaries for ordinary people, such as
      a. the cause of death.
      b. whether the person served in the military.
      c. the names of the closest surviving relatives.
      d. distinguishing aspects of the person’s life.
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