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b

1. Which key element of presentation speaking is represented by the guiding principle
"enhance your believability"?
a. audience
b. credibility
c. logistics
d. content
e. performance

d

2. Which key element of presentation speaking is represented by the guiding principle
"select appropriate ideas and information"?
a. purpose
b. audience
c. logistics
d. content
e. organization

b

3. What question should you ask when determining a presentation's purpose?
a. Is there a natural order to the ideas and information you want to include in your
presentation?
b. What do you want listeners to know, think, believe, or do as a result of your
presentation?
c. How can you use information about your listeners to improve your presentation?
d. Where and how can you find good ideas and information for your presentation?
e. How can you adapt to the place where you will be speaking?

a

4. Which of the following items will a speaker examine when analyzing the
demographic traits of an audience or group of listeners?
a. gender
b. job titles
c. special interests
d. relationships with other members
e. length of group membership

b

5. Which of the following items will a speaker examine when analyzing the individual
attributes of an audience or group of listeners?
a. gender
b. job titles
c. race
d. religion
e. ethnicity

d

6. When you identify a belief or value that you share with audience members who
disagree, you have found a basis for
a. demographic traits.
b. individual attributes.
c. claim of value.
d. common ground.
e. personal credibility.

d

7. All of the following answers constitute an aspect of an audience's demographics
EXCEPT
a. age.
b. gender.
c. race.
d. knowledge.
e. religion.

c

8. If, when analyzing your listeners' opinions, you discover that most of them disagree
with you, which of the following strategies would be most successful in adapting to
or changing their attitudes?
a. Present a lot of information.
b. Summarize important ideas.
c. Make sure the goal of your presentation is realistic.
d. Motivate the audience to listen.
e. none of the above

e

9. If, at the end of your presentation, listeners conclude that you lack expertise on the
subject and that they have reason to question your honesty and sincerity, you have
failed to devote enough attention to
a. people.
b. place.
c. planning.
d. performance.
e. credibility.

a

10. The textbook identifies 3 major factors that contribute to a speaker's credibility.
What are they?
a. competence, character, and caring
b. attitude, appearance, and delivery
c. demographics, individual, and personal attributes
d. common ground, competence, and reason giving
e. purpose, logistics, and content

d

11. Aristotle's concept of ethos has evolved into what communication scholars now
call
a. purpose.
b. audience.
c. content.
d. credibility.
e. performance.

a

12. "What is the size and shape of the room? Do I need a microphone? Will I make
the presentation in the morning or afternoon? What is my time limit?" Which
oral presentation guideline is addressed by these questions?
a. logistics
b. content
c. organization
d. performance
e. purpose

a

13. Regardless of whether you have 5 minutes or 1 hour for your presentation, do not
add more than _____% to your allotted time.
a. 5
b. 10
c. 15
d. 20
e. 50

a

14. Which organizational pattern would probably be most effective for a presentation
designed to explain a company's hiring procedures step by step?
a. time arrangement
b. space arrangement
c. problem-solution
d. comparison-contrast
e. causes and effects

c

15. Which organizational pattern would probably be most effective for a presentation
that explains why trash recycling is needed and how the community can
implement a more effective recycling program?
a. time arrangement
b. space arrangement
c. problem-solution
d. comparison-contrast
e. causes and effects

c

16. Which organizational pattern would probably be most effective for a presentation
describing the hardships experienced by undocumented workers who do not seek
medical care when they are very ill?
a. reason giving
b. problem-solution
c. causes and effects
d. stories and examples
e. compare-contrast

d

17. Which organizational pattern would probably be most effective for a presentation
assessing the merits of 2 political candidates?
a. time arrangement
b. space arrangement
c. problem-solution
d. compare and contrast
e. cause and effect

b

18. Which organizational pattern would probably be most effective for a
presentation examining 6 school systems and how public school funding varies
based on the location and wealth of each school system's community?
a. time arrangement
b. space arrangement
c. problem-solution
d. topical
e. cause and effect

e

19. An effective outline for a presentation should include
a. the central idea.
b. the main points of the presentation.
c. indications of supporting material.
d. an introduction and conclusion.
e. all of the above.

b

20. _____________ is the most common form of presentation delivery.
a. Impromptu speaking
b. Extemporaneous speaking
c. Manuscript speaking
d. Memorized speaking
e. None of the above

c

21. In general, the best rate for presentation speaking is _________ words per minute.
a. 100-130
b. 125-150
c. 140-180
d. 160-200
e. 200-240

a

22. According to your textbook, which of the following answers is the most important
physical characteristic in a presentation?
a. eye contact
b. articulation
c. volume
d. rate of speaking
e. pronunciation

d

23. In a presentation to the county council, a group consisting of the parent of a
disabled child, the director of the local disabilities commission, the school
superintendent, and a disabled adult working at a local grocery store are given a
total of 20 minutes to present and justify their request for better quality disability
services. This presentation is an example of
a. extemporaneous delivery.
b. a business agenda.
c. a panel discussion.
d. a team presentation.
e. a forum.

b

24. Which element of presentation speaking is represented by the following guideline
for a team presentation: "Practice until the team presentation approaches
perfection"?
a. purpose
b. performance
c. credibility
d. content
e. organization

c

25. All of the following answers are guidelines for handling a question-and-answer
session after an individual or team presentation EXCEPT
a. Don't change the subject.
b. Be specific.
c. Provide the most comprehensive answer possible.
d. Be honest. If you don't know the answer, admit it.
e. Be brief.

d

26. Your book makes 2 recommendations to help you "exercise restraint" when
designing presentation slides. One of those recommendations is
a. use no more than 2 typefaces.
b. avoid type that is smaller than 18 points.
c. use no more than 1 slide per minute.
d. make only 1 point on each slide.
e. choose a modest background that will not compete with your words, charts, or
graphics.

c

27. Your textbook makes 2 recommendations to help you "exercise restraint" when
designing presentation slides. One of those recommendations is
a. avoid the fancy, but difficult-to-read fonts.
b. use common typefaces such as Arial and Times Roman.
c. follow the 6-by-6 rule.
d. respect copyright laws when choosing graphics from other sources.
e. use type that is larger than 36 points.

c

28. Edward Tufte, a well-respected graphic designer, criticizes PowerPoint because
a. it allows you to use words, charts, graphics, sound, and animation in a single
presentation.
b. when professors put their lecturers on PowerPoint, students are bored or even fall
asleep.
c. it disrupts, dominates, and trivializes content.
d. paper handouts are better than PowerPoint.
e. speakers often break copyright laws when using images from web sources.

a

29. When displaying presentation aids, which of the following delivery techniques
should you use when presenting a set of slides?
a. Display the slide, and then explain the point.
b. Follow the 12x10 rule.
c. Use multiple typefaces.
d. Summarize your slide so listeners will not take the time to read it word-for-word.
e. Use a lot of sound and animation to spice up the presentation.

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