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Writing by Choice, Second Edition: Chapter Six

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) they are traditionally a part of university education
b) they can be easily tested by plagiarism-checking software
c) they demand skill in planning, critical thinking, analysis, and synthesis
d) All of the above.

Question 2:


a) It sets out to change the reader’s view.
b) It employs persuasive rhetorical techniques.
c) It provides information or explanations.
d) All of the above.

Question 3:


a) make the essay appear more professional
b) strengthen the thesis, giving it greater credibility
c) satisfy the minimum length requirements of the assignment
d) develop the scholarly tone

Question 4:


a) simply presenting sheer fact as objectively as possible
b) faithfully reproducing the findings of others
c) organizing the research in as highly persuasive a manner as possible
d) integrating others’ knowledge in order to achieve a new level of learning

Question 5:


a) to create and share new knowledge about a particular field
b) to qualify for a more advanced professional degree program
c) to have an essay published in a prestigious journal
d) None of the above.

Question 6:


a) is best when it emerges from a contextual "void"
b) embodies the creative spirit of the writer
c) demonstrates "significant form"
d) is a unique and creative fusion of researcher, data, and scholarly method

Question 7:


a) determining a topic and relevant sources
b) assimilating findings
c) arranging and organizing an essay
d) documenting an essay

Question 8:


a) prompts provided by a professor
b) suggestions provided by respected scholars in the field
c) the genuine and as yet unexplored interests of student writers themselves
d) the consensus of the writer’s peers

Question 9:


a) compilers of information
b) mere students unconnected to real research tasks
c) technical writers performing a job
d) thinkers who can make a meaningful contribution to the subject

Question 10:


a) find easily available blogs that discuss the topic
b) o consult popular online wikis to learn about the subject
c) determine who are the major scholarly authors on the topic
d) All of the above.

Question 11:


a) to evaluate the usefulness of the material, to take accurate notes, and to assimilate the information
b) to record only the information that will prove their claims
c) to use both scholarly and non-scholarly sources
d) to compile as much information in the shortest amount of time

Question 12:


a) not be suspected of plagiarism
b) have the appearance of scholarly work
c) deemphasize the essay’s weaknesses of argumentation
d) show variety and hold the readers’ interest

Question 13:


a) revising their thesis statements
b) rethinking whether the tone of the essay is sufficiently scholarly
c) which of the scholarly documentation systems they will use
d) None of the above.

Question 14:


a) the secondary sources are relevant to the topic
b) they understand the meaning of the sources
c) the sources are credible
d) All of the above.

Question 15:


a) integrate sources into an essay
b) determine a topic
c) organize and structure an essay
d) document an essay

Question 16:


a) they have sufficient and relevant material in order to develop fully the points and sub-points they wish to make
b) they avoid a chronological form of organization
c) they have already written large portions of their initial draft
d) the organizational structure conforms to the professor’s wishes

Question 17:


a) to quote secondary sources as faithfully as possible
b) to include significant amounts of information in an efficient manner
c) to include phrases that may be difficult to put into his or her own words
d) to increase the word count of the essay

Question 18:


a) sources have not been allowed to dominate the essay
b) discussion points have not been left underdeveloped
c) all ideas, quotations, paraphrases have been accurately cited
d) All of the above.

Question 19:


a) are not rare among undergraduate students
b) are not a concern for professors in charge of evaluating research papers
c) Both of the above.
d) open themselves to the charge of plagiarism

Question 20:


a) merely dropped into the unfolding discussion
b) smoothly and grammatically integrated into the discussion
c) also reproduced as a paraphrase
d) formatted with italics

Question 21:


a) the names of important writing styles
b) scholarly databases
c) abbreviations used in traditional footnotes
d) names of scholarly organizations providing guidelines for documenting sources

Question 22:


a) the reader cannot tell the student writer's ideas from the sources
b) not all sources appear in the bibliography
c) sources are not accurately quoted
d) All of the above.

Question 23:


a) the topic of the essay
b) the approach taken by the writer
c) The above two answers.
d) None of the above.

Question 24:


a) not sufficiently informative
b) efficient and scholarly
c) sufficient because it announces the paper’s topic
d) None of the above.

Question 25:


a) who work for universities, but not for newspapers
b) who express their personal opinions on blogs
c) who have access to a computer
d) who have produced significant work on a topic based on their considerable experience and/or learning

Question 26:


a) the World Wide Web
b) personal blogs
c) university library websites
d) publicly edited online encyclopedia

Question 27:


a) find information more efficiently
b) find appropriately scholarly web materials from educational institutions
c) avoid computer viruses while conducting online searches
d) avoid overly academic materials

Question 28:


a) determine who has produced the information
b) double-check the information
c) try to discover the writer’s motivation
d) look for supporting evidence
e) All of the above.

Question 29:


a) may use appealing graphics and sophisticated design in order to appear authoritative
b) may be more interested in advocating a political position than in being truthful
c) may be rife with uninformed opinion
d) All of the above.

Question 30:


a) a general work, such as a textbook, encyclopedia, or guide
b) a long and comprehensive treatise
c) a highly specific journal article
d) All of the above.

Question 31:


a) is considered cheating, and must be avoided
b) is not as helpful as reading the entire work
c) can be an efficient way to determine how helpful a source may be
d) All of the above.

Question 32:


a) if the work contains images, which tend to diminish the work’s scholarly tone
b) your professor’s opinion of the writer
c) how recently the work was published
d) All of the above.

Question 33:


a) it is often used by university researchers
b) it is used by non-profit organizations
c) it should be designed to convince the reader
d) All of the above.

Question 34:


a) the topic appear worthwhile and the writer credible
b) the writer include at least 15 sources
c) the writer not offer any preliminary thesis
d) the writer include sources, but no discussion of methodology

Question 35:


a) is like a contract with the professor, so should not be changed
b) must be a fully realized idea that is completely explained and justified
c) may be changed later as the writer’s views evolve
d) cannot be more than a single sentence

Question 36:


a)
b) explaining the history of research methods pertinent to the essay
c) describing the kinds of sources to be used
d) analyzing the research methods used by the authors of the sources
e) justifying the choice of topic

Question 37:


a) the names of authors, editors, and translators
b) the titles of books, essays, and chapters
c) publications details including year of publication, and the publisher and its location
d) All of the above.

Question 38:


a) by creating major headings based on the key ideas presented in the thesis
b) corresponding to the headings found in a secondary source
c) by using a word processor’s manual page breaks
d) None of the above.

Question 39:


a) dismiss the evidence
b) include it in the bibliography but not in the essay itself
c) attempt to discredit the source in a footnote
d) acknowledge it and, if possible, account for the inconsistencies

Question 40:


a) commentaries arising in response to an original work
b) the original works of authors, such as letters, journals, and diaries
c) works published before the 1900s
d) works by authors considered to be "the primary writers"

Question 41:


a) less reliable than primary sources
b) considered less important than primary sources
c) works that have arisen in response to an original work
d) the original works of writers but in translation

Question 42:


a) consult indexes, almanacs, and encyclopedias
b) read primary source material
c) find sources offering contradictory evidence
d) consult the research notes of other students who have written on the topic

Question 43:


a) published monthly
b) peer-reviewed
c) called primary periodicals
d) found in the reference section of most university libraries

Question 44:


a) academic journals
b) electronic databases
c) search limiters
d) indexes

Question 45:


a) only books
b) card catalogues
c) search limiters such as Boolean operators, words like AND or NOT
d) a different research methodology

Question 46:


a) The Internet.
b) An academic library.
c) A museum.
d) A community center.

Question 47:


a) the electronic versions of journal articles may be different than the print versions
b) the newest journal articles are often withheld
c) electronic versions of articles are often not paginated
d) databases are notoriously difficult to use

Question 48:


a) that valuable information is only available digitally
b) that reference librarians cannot be extremely helpful to researchers
c) the library’s paper holdings are less valuable and can therefore be avoided
d) All of the above.

Question 49:


a) the source’s main points in an easy-to-use form
b) a way of understanding the material
c) a way to avoid too many direct quotations in an essay
d) All of the above.

Question 50:


a) retains everything of substance
b) presents only the essence of the source
c) preserves the structure of ideas from the original
d) employs direct quotation

Question 51:


a) an unacknowledged borrowing of someone else’s words or ideas
b) usually considered an academic crime
c) Both of the above.
d) None of the above.

Question 52:


a) will not be punished by the university
b) will often be punished as if the plagiarism was done knowingly
c) is simply a part of the learning process
d) cannot be detected by plagiarism-checking software

Question 53:


a) are cited differently
b) require citation depending on the type of source involved
c) all require clear citations that point to the source of the information
d) cannot be detected by plagiarism-checking software

Question 54:


a) an annotated bibliography
b) a mix of paraphrase and summary
c) an abstract at the beginning of the essay
d) in-text citations, such as footnotes or parenthetical citations

Question 55:


a) if the information falls into the category of general knowledge
b) if the information isn’t considered factual (e.g. someone’s opinion)
c) if the source itself is not considered reliable
d) if you are putting the words of the source all in your own words (i.e. not quoting directly from the source)

Question 56:


a) when the writer paraphrases
b) when the exact wording is important
c) when the writer comes to the end of a paragraph
d) when the exact wording is unimportant

Question 57:


a) the material to be quoted is merely factual
b) the paper uses quotation excessively
c) there is no good reason to preserve the wording of the original
d) All of the above.

Question 58:


a) primary and secondary sources
b) direct quotation and paraphrase
c) summary and paraphrase
d) All of the above.

Question 59:


a) introduce the author’s name and a signal verb before the reference
b) include the page number(s) from the source
c) tend to be overused in research essays
d) All of the above.

Question 60:


a) when the writer adds additional material to a direct quotation
b) when the writer removes material from a direct quotation
c) when the writer wants to indicate that the sentence continues on another page
d) when the writer wants to indicate the beginning or end of a direct quotation

Question 61:


a) to indicate a grammatical change to part of a direct quotation
b) to indicate a stylistic change to part of a direct quotation
c) to indicate that something is less important than what is not in brackets
d) to indicate something added to a direct quotation