Higher Education

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The Active Reader, 2e: Chapter 1

Instructions: For each question, click on the radio button beside your answer. When you have completed the entire quiz, click the 'Submit my answers' button at the bottom of the page to receive your results.

Question 1:


a) the human desire to learn and explore
b) the need to communicate ideas and understanding about the world
c) the ability to discuss and debate controversial topics
d) the drive to find better ways of doing things
e) the need to discipline and organize your thinking
f) the need to discipline and organize your thinking
g) the desire to find answers to pressing questions
h) the capacity to engage in sustained thinking, reflection, and analysis
i) all of the above

Question 2:


a) magazines
b) books published by university presses
c) journals
d) museums
e) university libraries
f) electronic databases
g) websites
h) all of the above
i) answers B, C, E, F, and G
j) answers B, C, D, and G

Question 3:


a) to publish original research
b) to interest readers
c) to inform on current affairs
d) to create and disseminate knowledge
e) to engage in the exchange of ideas
f) to expose scandals or other matters of public interest
g) to summarize and explain political, cultural, and economic issues
h) to take sides in a debate to settle a point of controversy
i) all of the above
j) answers A, D, E, and H
k) answers A, C, and G

Question 4:


a) focusing on the human aspect of a topic or event
b) drawing attention to areas of experience relatively untouched by research
c) acting as vehicles for the dissemination of new knowledge generated through research
d) exposing crime or corruption—”blowing the whistle”
e) uncovering an issue that’s been overlooked or misrepresented
f) reporting on important but under-represented global issues
g) all of the above

Question 5:


a) purpose; objective
b) objective; aim
c) purpose; audience
d) lifestyle; audience

Question 6:


a) A common language of communication is important in academic disciplines.
b) They make writing accessible to lay people.
c) There is no room for creativity in academic writing.
d) both A and B
e) all of the above

Question 7:


a) It is exploratory.
b) It is inquisitive.
c) It is used to evaluate and assess.
d) both B and C
e) all of the above

Question 8:


a) Scholars are usually extroverts.
b) It presents a negative image of the scholar.
c) Scholars often have to work collaboratively.
d) It is not a stereotype.

Question 9:


a) The academic community is not influential outside the university.
b) Graduates learn important life skills.
c) Academic research can influence government policy.
d) both B and C

Question 10:


a) True
b) False