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Becoming an Active Reader: Chapter 9

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) communicate effectively with your audience
b) organize your writing
c) both A and B
d) neither A nor B

Question 2:

a) use analysis more than synthesis
b) use synthesis more than analysis
c) favour either analysis or synthesis
d) try to balance analysis with synthesis

Question 3:

a) to create interest
b) to enable the reader to relate to the writer
c) to enable the reader to relate to the topic or a situation
d) All of the above.

Question 4:

a) the writer’s life experiences
b) the writer’s thoughts and observations
c) both A and B
d) neither A nor B

Question 5:

a) focus on the most interesting parts of a writer’s life
b) use a humorous or ironic tone
c) try to evoke a strong emotional response
d) universalize an experience to make it relevant

Question 6:

a) a general statement
b) a description or a story
c) a question
d) a challenging statement

Question 7:

a) non-academic writers are less concerned with structure than are other writers
b) thesis statements are not a good strategy to keep readers focused on the topic
c) a thesis statement at the end of the introduction may reduce reader interest
d) non-academic writers often write quickly and do not have the time to include a thesis

Question 8:

a) focus on the literal or surface meaning
b) look for an alternate meaning in subsequent sentences
c) look for the intended meaning beyond the surface one
d) suspect that the writer is not being truthful and may have a bias

Question 9:

a) is a grammatically and stylistically effective sentence
b) begins with the main idea and then adds detail
c) begins with detail and ends with the main idea
d) None of the above.

Question 10:

a) an interdependent one
b) a mutually exclusive one
c) an adversarial one
d) a stereotypical one