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Multiple Choice Quiz

  1. Feature stories resemble fictional short stories in that they
      a. use description, sensory details, quotations, anecdotes, personification and other story-telling devices.
      b. do not have to be factual.
      c. are based largely on the writer’s imagination.
      d. do not have to be balanced in their treatment of controversial issues.
  2. Reporters get ideas for feature stories by being
      a. detached and unemotional.
      b. rigid and dogmatic.
      c. curious and observant.
      d. diligent and unimaginative.
  3. The concept of universal needs can help feature writers because
      a. it is a good way of identifying topics for tear-jerker stories.
      b. people are interested in things they have in common with others.
      c. the satisfaction of such needs has profound political implications.
      d. it is an easy way to get sex into a story.
  4. Unlike straight news stories, feature stories
      a. Are always written in the third person.
      b. may be written in the first or second person.
      c. Are always written in the first person.
      d. Are never written in the second person.
  5. The only requirement for a lead for a feature story is that it
      a. interest readers and lure them into the story.
      b. be a summary lead.
      c. include at least one quotation.
      d. present a question the rest of the story will answer.
  6. The body of a feature story must be constructed so that
      a. the facts fit together smoothly and logically.
      b. every conceivable detail is included.
      c. the information is arranged in descending order of newsworthiness.
      d. the information is arranged in ascending order of newsworthiness.
  7. Feature story writers should avoid ending their stories with
      a. an anecdote.
      b. a quotation.
      c. a summary.
      d. some detail that evokes the lead.
  8. Which of the following is NOT one of the attributes of feature stories?
      a. They amuse, entertain, inspire and stimulate readers.
      b. They use novelistic elements to dramatize a story’s theme.
      c. They usually are less timely than straight news stories.
      d. They are written to a single formula.
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