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Becoming an Active Reader: Chapter 3

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) summarizing the ideas in the essay
b) evaluating the essay
c) defending your own opinions on the topic
d) discussing the views of other readers of the essay

Question 2:


a) reading skills
b) writing skills
c) critical thinking skills
d) All of the above.

Question 3:


a) the same as rhetorical analyses
b) one kind of rhetorical analysis
c) more complex than rhetorical analyses
d) more variable than rhetorical analyses

Question 4:


a) be subjective
b) be objective
c) focus on strengths
d) focus on weaknesses

Question 5:


a) the thesis of the work being analyzed
b) your own thesis
c) both A and B
d) neither A nor B

Question 6:


a) include specific references to the text you are analyzing
b) include your analysis of the author’s methods and rhetorical strategies
c) include your analysis of the effectiveness of the writer’s argument, if an argument is involved
d) include your personal response to the author’s ideas

Question 7:


a) summarize the author’s main points
b) refer specifically to at least one passage in the text
c) introduce a final point not discussed in earlier paragraphs
d) None of the above.

Question 8:


a) commenting on the essay’s relevance to your life
b) commenting on the essay’s significance or importance
c) mentioning your thesis
d) None of the above.

Question 9:


a) wants to know more about the topic of the essay and its relevance to him/her
b) wants to be informed about the main points and sub-points in the essay
c) is familiar with the work you are analyzing
d) is familiar with rhetorical strategies

Question 10:


a) an informal style
b) critical thinking
c) opinion or observations
d) specific references to the essay you are responding to