Writing Skills Part 3

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1. The World Almanac is a book of
A. facts and statistics.
B. articles published in magazines.
C. living notable Americans.
D. synonyms.
2. To make sure your reader remembers the point of your essay, which of the following is most important? A. The ending
B. Choosing an interesting subject
C. The order in which you present your ideas
D. The introduction
3. If you've located three books on a topic you're researching for an essay, the first thing you should do on appraising any of these books is
A. examine the index.
B. study the table of contents.
C. inspect the book jacket for notes about the author.
D. scan the book from front to back.
4. When assembling a writing plan for an essay, which of the following should come first? A. The general idea of your essay
B. A brief summary of your conclusion
C. The first section of the body of your essay.
D. Material that catches the reader's interest
5. University libraries are _______ to the public.
A. closed
B. open
C. hostile
D. inaccessible
6. A disadvantage of using a sentence outline instead of a topic outline is that a sentence outline is often A. underdeveloped.
B. time-consuming.
C. rigid.
D. factually grounded.
7. Because the subject of a composition is like a crystal with many facets, you should A. pick one point of view and stay with it.
B. offer a positive idea for every negative one.
C. be very critical of your sources.
D. offer your reader ideas from several sides.
8. A search engine is a way to
A. find information on the Internet.
B. speak with a reference librarian.
C. revise a rough draft.
D. borrow reference books in the library.
9. To write an effective ending to your essay, you should
A. write out a formal summary of your overall message.
B. relate a humorous anecdote.
C. end on a note that's likely to stick in the reader's mind. D. ask the reader to take some kind of action.
10. Once you acquire these two basic skills, you'll be able to transform a vague idea in...
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