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Study Questions: Chapter 5

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Multiple Choice Questions

1. The two major purposes of essay writing are ________.
a) exposition and argument
b) personal reflection and definition
c) exposition and research
d) None of the above

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2. In ________ writing your voice should remain objective and your language neutral.
a) argumentative
b) expository
c) descriptive
d) argumentative and expository

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3. ________ is not always necessary in argumentative writing.
a) Evidence
b) Research
c) Logic
d) Opinion

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4. In-class essays or examinations test your awareness of ________.
a) basic principles
b) the procedures and methods stressed throughout the year
c) the terminology of your discipline
d) All of the above

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5. Once you have distinguished what is important from what is less important in an in-class essay or examination question, you must focus the points you plan to include in your response, ________.
a) shifting from active to passive voice
b) relying on what you were told to do in high school
c) adapting the question, if necessary
d) proceeding with caution

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6. The use of examples and illustrations can aid in transforming the general and abstract into ________.
a) the mundane and everyday
b) the concrete and specific
c) a means to an end
d) All of the above

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7. To refine and limit a general topic to a manageable essay topic, a writer may question ________.
a) how knowledgeable he or she is in the topic area
b) the purpose and audience of the essay
c) the importance and uniqueness of the essay topic
d) All of the above

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8. Verbs like must and should in an essay topic usually signal a(n) ________ thesis.
a) personal
b) argumentative
c) professional
d) expository

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9. After careful planning and focus on the individual essay question, a writer needs to ________.
a) distinguish what is important from what is less important
b) conduct expansive research
c) begin writing a response
d) provide a plot summary

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10. According to the textbook, argument is not only persuading an audience to see the value in your point of view; it is also persuading an audience to ________.
a) recognize the strengths in your argument
b) take on your point of view
c) find fault in opposing viewpoints
d) make a snap judgment in your favour

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Short Answer Questions

1. Both argumentative and expository essays rely on the use of ________ information and reliable ________ to support main points.

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2. Expository writing uses a ________-based thesis.

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3. For in-class writing, a writer should be familiar with a discipline’s ________, principles, procedures, and ________.

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4. After you’ve finished writing the exam, it is recommended to dedicate at least ________ minutes per question for review.

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5. The ________ used to introduce an essay question instructs the writer on how the question should be answered.

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6. The ability to ________ an essay question, allows the writer to focus on strong, well-chosen points and supporting details.

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7. Common weaknesses of in-class essays are the tendency to ________ the topic and to be too ________.

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8. Argumentative writing presents both ________ and ________ evidence in the body paragraphs.

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9. Argument seeks to ________ the audience to change its mind or see your point of view.

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10. Before beginning an exam, it is important to carefully ________.

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