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Multiple Choice Quiz

  1. 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 names of the closest surviving relatives.
      b. distinguishing aspects of the person's life.
      c. whether the person served in the military.
      d. the cause of death.
  2. Feature obituaries are published when
      a. a well-known newsworthy person has died.
      b. the person who died had an unusual hobby or occupation.
      c. a death has occurred in an particularly gruesome way.
      d. a person has died in a public place.
  3. The central point of the biographical obituary is
      a. the number of relatives the deceased had.
      b. the cause of the person's death.
      c. the age of the person at the time of death.
      d. the life of the person who died.
  4. The three common forms of death reports are
      a. the biographical obituary, the feature obituary and the roundup.
      b. the feature obituary, the death or funeral notice and the roundup.
      c. the death or funeral notice, the biographical obituary and the feature obituary.
      d. the death or funeral notice, the biographical obituary and the follow-up.
  5. Stories that describe developments related to a major event that is described in another story are called
      a. brights.
      b. follow-ups.
      c. roundups.
      d. sidebars.
  6. 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. a roundup.
      b. a sidebar.
      c. an obituary.
      d. a follow-up.
  7. Follow-up stories have become more common because
      a. they are easy to report and write because much of the work is already done.
      b. such stories often have heart-warming or humorous endings.
      c. they are unlikely to anger readers or advertisers.
      d. news organizations are more committed to following stories to their conclusion.
  8. The follow-up story should emphasize
      a. new developments but include a brief recapitulation of earlier stories.
      b. the earliest developments but include the new ones at the end.
      c. the personalities involved in the events and not the new developments.
      d. the settings in which the events occurred and not the new developments.
  9. Another term for the follow-up story is
      a. obituary.
      b. sidebar.
      c. second-day story.
      d. redundant story.
  10. A risk to avoid in writing a bright is
      a. having a surprising twist at the end.
      b. including too many facts and details.
      c. making fun of the ill-fortune others experience.
      d. including too many quotations.
  11. Suspended-interest stories are ones that
      a. save a surprising twist for the ending.
      b. allow readers to suspend their interest and read something else.
      c. leave readers guessing what happened.
      d. are continued on the next day.
  12. A story with a humorous, surprising ending is calle
      a. a sidebar.
      b. a bright.
      c. a roundup.
      d. an obituary.
  13. When officials lowered the estimate of the number of people injured in the Boston Marathon bombing, the Boston Globe published a ________________ reporting that fact.
      a. follow-up story
      b. roundup story
      c. bright
      d. news analysis
  14. The same day news organizations reported the U.S. Supreme Court had declared the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, many published stories about the likely impact of the decision on their home state. These stories are examples of
      a. sidebars.
      b. roundups.
      c. follow-ups.
      d. brights.
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