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Multiple Choice Quiz

  1. Which of these does not demonstrate audience involvement?
      a. In a speech about skin tone, ask audience members to pinch their elbow skin, and explain how to judge skin tone from the number of seconds it takes for the skin to "pop" back.
      b. In a speech about blindness, ask audience members to close their eyes for twenty seconds.
      c. In a speech about self-concept, ask members of the audience to write down their five "best" traits.
      d. All of these represent examples of audience involvement.
  2. During a question-and-answer session, you are asked, "So what about those layoff rumors?" A paraphrase would be
      a. "There is no truth to those rumors."
      b. "I"ll need to let my supervisor address that concern."
      c. "Are you asking me to comment on whether or not I know if there is truth to the rumors?"
      d. "The rumors surface every time we bring out a new product line because people fear the loss of their jobs. What’s your concern?"
  3. One way to create emphasis in your speech is to stress important points through
      a. repetition.
      b. use of signposts.
      c. paraphrasing confusing questions.
      d. Both a and b are correct.
  4. Which is true of an informative speech?
      a. It tends to change the audience's attitudes.
      b. It tries to move the audience to action.
      c. It tries to sway the audience's opinions.
      d. It tends to be noncontroversial.
  5. When conducting a question-and-answer session, the following guidelines are appropriate EXCEPT
      a. listen for the substance or big idea of the question.
      b. paraphrase confusing questions before answering.
      c. if the questioner is attacking you personally, use a subtle attack rather than give a defensive answer.
      d. answer as briefly as possible.
  6. "We've been talking about ways to enhance our effectiveness at work. Now here’s the real important thing to remember...." Those words represent
      a. a signpost.
      b. audience involvement.
      c. format.
      d. repetition.
  7. Detailed descriptions, examples, statistics, and definitions are important types of
      a. introductory materials.
      b. supporting materials.
      c. transition materials.
      d. concluding materials.
  8. Rules for visual aids include all of the following except
      a. simplify.
      b. make your aid small and portable.
      c. choose an appropriate aid for your audience and topic.
      d. make your aid visually neat and attractive.
  9. Speeches to inform are often classified according to purpose or
      a. description.
      b. content.
      c. technique.
      d. All of these are correct.
  10. In order to make it easy for the audience to listen, a speaker should
      a. present as much information as possible to keep the audience interested.
      b. present only unfamiliar information; audiences will be bored with the familiar.
      c. use simple information to build up understanding of complex information.
      d. All of these are correct.
  11. With regard to the use of language, the following advice was given in the text:
      a. Use a complex vocabulary to show your competence,
      b. Try to choose words that are obscure,
      c. Use precise and simple words to convey thoughts,
      d. Use jargon to demonstrate your expertise, especially to outsiders,
  12. Which of these is a way to encourage audience involvement in your speech?
      a. audience participation
      b. use of volunteers from the audience
      c. question-and-answer sessions
      d. All of these are correct.
  13. You can create information hunger by
      a. responding to general needs of the audience.
      b. responding to specific needs of the audience.
      c. responding to self-actualization needs of the audience.
      d. All of these are correct.
  14. Speeches that explain "how to" do something are called
      a. instructions.
      b. descriptions.
      c. explanations.
      d. events.
  15. A speech about racism in the United States would be classified by content as a speech about
      a. an object.
      b. a process.
      c. an event.
      d. a concept.
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