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Higher Education

Writing by Choice, Second Edition: Chapter Three


Question 1:

a) In exposition, you take one side of an issue and defend it.
b) In exposition, you consider fact-based evidence to arrive at a conclusion
c) There is always a clear line between exposition and argument.

Question 2:

a) analysis
b) description
c) criticism
d) evaluation

Question 3:

a) try to change the reader’s mind
b) describe complex ideas
c) persuade readers
d) provide information

Question 4:

a) complex descriptions
b) a value-based thesis
c) emotion-centered claims
d) critical thinking

Question 5:

a) exposition
b) argument
c) narration
d) description

Question 6:

a) it may not be used with description
b) it attempts to prove one side of an issue
c) it provides a fact-based discussion
d) it recounts events and reveals character

Question 7:

a) avoid general terms and use concrete, specific language to create a vivid impression
b) employ the most general terms possible
c) avoid creating a feeling of immediacy
d) None of the above.

Question 8:

a) recall
b) organization/time-management skills
c) recall and organization/time-management skills
d) The above skills among others.

Question 9:

a) remembering—and often applying—the terminology of the discipline
b) being able to discern what is essential in the course material
c) being knowledgeable about fundamental skills such as summarizing, analyzing, and criticising
d) All of the above.

Question 10:

a) meeting with the professor before the examination or in-class essay
b) casually rereading course notes
c) memorizing long passages of the textbook
d) using self-testing strategies

Question 11:

a) not reading the instructions carefully enough
b) not allotting sufficient time for each question or for each stage in the writing process
c) not being specific enough in responding to the question or addressing the topic
d) All of the above are common problems with in-class writing.

Question 12:

a) write only on what you know
b) be specific wherever possible and use examples to support points
c) read between the lines to determine what the instructor is really asking you
d) write as much as you can in order to show the marker that you have an endless flow of ideas about the topic

Question 13:

a) every part of the exam will be completed
b) the instructions will be followed properly
c) you will begin the exam with a feeling of control in a stressful situation
d) All of the above.

Question 14:

a) the shortest questions
b) the most difficult and challenging question
c) the question with which you are most comfortable
d) the longest questions

Question 15:

a) risk compromising their credibility
b) save valuable time
c) are typically higher-order thinkers
d) None of the above.

Question 16:

a) to fit in any writing that had not been planned for
b) to rewrite answers in a neater hand
c) to ensure that nothing has been forgotten, to proofread, and to add transitions
d) All of the above.

Question 17:

a) the writer’s purpose, audience, and the text’s rhetorical strategies
b) the text’s syntactical and lexical structures
c) the argumentative weaknesses of the text
d) None of the above.

Question 18:

a) the use of rhetorical questions to pique the reader’s interest
b) the questions readers ask in order to understand a text
c) the use of an outline to give an essay a logical and persuasive shape
d) the forms of language—such as metaphor, imagery, analogy, and diction—writers use to fulfill their purpose

Question 19:

a) make specific reference the text by using direct quotations, summaries, and paraphrases where appropriate
b) avoid referring to the text in order not to dilute the writing
c) use only direct quotation, so that the evidence for the claims is as strong as possible
d) included a long summary of the text under discussion

Question 20:

a) use summaries to integrate substantial academic material
b) must use secondary sources to build their position
c) supplement analysis with discussion of their own opinion and observations
d) avoid discussing their own opinions

Question 21:

a) summarize the main points of the text under discussion
b) state why you agree or disagree with the text under discussion
c) identify the rhetorical strategies most used by the author
d) state that you agree or disagree with the text under discussion

Question 22:

a) the rhetorical analysis and the critical response are the same exercise
b) they are writing about a specific text, and not just a set of ideas
c) summarizing an article is sufficient for a thesis statement
d) personal experience has no place in such an essay

Question 23:

a) the use of the language or style of the original source without using quotation marks
b) a verbatim quotation of the original source
c) a further elaboration and development of a writer’s idea
d) a shortened version of a longer work that presents only the main points, without using the language or style of the original

Question 24:

a) The summary must be accurate, succinct, and add nothing to the original
b) The summary writer should try to provide his or her own personal criticism of the text
c) Summaries must always include the examples and illustrations from the original
d) Summaries may never include significant words from the original text

Question 25:

a) a concise summary of sources in a research paper
b) a long plot summary in a literary analysis
c) a short summary of the source material for a rhetorical analysis
d) None of the above.

Question 26:

a) remain as objective as possible
b) reproduce the writer’s opinions as if they were facts
c) reduce the length of the original by at least three-quarters
d) include all the main ideas from the original

Question 27:

a) in the thesis statement and in the paragraphs’ topic sentences
b) in the thesis only
c) at the ends of paragraphs
d) None of the above.

Question 28:

a) provide a critical analysis of the ideas
b) reproduce the language of the original as closely as possible
c) quote the main ideas
d) paraphrase the ideas

Question 29:

a) a phrase in your bibliography
b) a way of putting a part of a text into your own words
c) a way of expanding your paragraphs
d) a particular kind of summary

Question 30:

a) quote extensively from the original
b) add transitional phrases to improve the summary’s coherence
c) introduce examples and illustrations
d) None of the above.