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Writing by Choice - Student Quiz - Part 3

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Question 1:


a) Rhetorical patterns.
b) Rhetorical modes.
c) Rhetorical questions.
d) Parallel structures.

Question 2:


a) Breaking something down.
b) Examining something closely.
c) Employing one or more specific methods of development.
d) All of the above.

Question 3:


a) As a way to let the reader know what will be discussed in the essay.
b) As a way to make an abstract concept more easily understood.
c) As a way to help the writer understand the topic better before beginning a draft.
d) All of the above.

Question 4:


a) Calls on the process method of development.
b) Calls on the chronological method of development.
c) Calls on the classification/division method of development.
d) Makes the writer appear credible.

Question 5:


a) To trace a subject's development over time.
b) To define an abstract concept.
c) To lend drama and directness to an argument.
d) None of the above.

Question 6:


a) It is usually based on fact.
b) It relates the step-by-step stages of a process.
c) Both of the above.
d) None of the above.

Question 7:


a) They are concerned exclusively with the writer and his or her thoughts.
b) They use personal experience in order to express a strong opinion about something.
c) They make personal experience seem relevant to the reader.
d) All of the above.

Question 8:


a) They are focused on the writer.
b) They use cause and effect.
c) They employ the spatial method.
d) None of the above.

Question 9:


a) You can use it to organize an entire essay.
b) You can use it in one or more paragraphs to develop a main point.
c) It could focus on one effect, which would be accounted for by one or more causes.
d) All of the above.

Question 10:


a) Problem-solution.
b) Cost-benefit.
c) Question-answer.
d) Narration.

Question 11:


a) It is essentially the same as the compare and contrast method.
b) It considers the pros and cons of a subject.
c) It involves a comparison between one object and a second object that is otherwise unlike the first.
d) It should be avoided in all but literary essays.

Question 12:


a) Analogy.
b) Compare and contrast.
c) Question-answer.
d) Problem-solution.

Question 13:


a) Example/illustration.
b) Cause-effect.
c) Cost-benefit.
d) All are equally useful in developing an entire essay.

Question 14:


a) The block method and the spiral method.
b) The point-by-point method and the spiral method.
c) The simple method and the complex method.
d) The block method and the point-by-point method.

Question 15:


a) Are usually empirical claims.
b) Rely on observation and measurement for support.
c) Are used in most expository essays.
d) All of the above.

Question 16:


a) Are ethical claims.
b) Make a call for some kind of action.
c) Are supported through references to a literary text.
d) Are used in most expository essays.

Question 17:


a) A claim of fact.
b) A claim of policy.
c) A claim of interpretation.
d) None of the above.

Question 18:


a) Claim of value.
b) Claim of policy.
c) Either of the above.
d) None of the above.

Question 19:


a) Tend to produce essays that are too subjective and are therefore discouraged.
b) Rely extensively on secondary sources.
c) Are seldom used in English or history essays.
d) Attempt to convince a reader that an interpretation is valid.

Question 20:


a) Primary sources.
b) Personal experience.
c) Experimentation.
d) All of the above.

Question 21:


a) Primarily through the evidence produced by the writer.
b) Through both evidence and the credibility of the writer.
c) More through the writer's credibility than through his or her evidence.
d) Primarily through the appropriate use of disciplinary conventions.

Question 22:


a) Through your main points.
b) Through your subordinate points.
c) Both of the above.
d) None of the above.

Question 23:


a) The knowledge that he or she demonstrates about a subject.
b) His or her reliability.
c) Both of the above factors.
d) The number of sources cited in the essay.

Question 24:


a) Ensure that their paragraphs are unified and coherent.
b) Effectively use the conventions of their discipline.
c) Write clearly.
d) All of the above.

Question 25:


a) Can be shown through an objective, impartial voice.
b) May weaken an argument, reducing a writer's credibility.
c) Is relevant only to argumentative essays.
d) Is relevant only to expository essays.

Question 26:


a) Stresses the importance of essay structure.
b) Stresses the importance of approaching the essay as a series of chronological stages.
c) Shows that in the case of essays the parts are greater than the whole.
d) Stresses the interdependence of the parts of the essay.