Each test is made up of a combination of multiple choice, true/false, fill in the blank and short essay questions. The sample questions listed are from past tests to give you an idea of the types of questions that will be on the tests for this class.
1. Which of the following is an important consideration in narrowing the topic?
A) How much time is allowed for the speech.
B) How well you can outline.
C) Whether there is enough material available in the library.
D) Whether you need to give the speech in a impromptu manner.
2. A stereotype can be considered a ________ belief.
3. When you are working at the stage where you develop the ______ outline, you should rearrange and modify your ideas until the pattern that best meets your purpose is achieved.
4. The following is an example of which type of introduction?: "There is a disease sweeping our country. None of us are immune. There are no drugs to treat it."
A) Reference to the occasion
B) Personal reference or greeting
C) Pertinent quotation
D) Startling statement
5. Which technique for concluding is especially important if your argument is complex?
A) Summary of major points
B) Pertinent quotation
C) Issuing a challenge
D) Offering additional inducements
6. If a speech to inform leaves the audience confused, largely due to the effect of poor organization and imprecise language, the speaker likely gave too little attention to the feature of:
C) Cause to effect.
1. Since listeners vary in their ability to process messages, the
speaker should constantly scan the audience looking for signs of
comprehension and confusion.
2. Rhetorical competency means keeping the audience's and the listener's perceptions and understanding in mind while constructing your message.
3. You are often a poor listener because speakers can produce many more words per minute than your mind can handle.
4. Critical listening is the most sophisticated kind of listening.
5. The full-sentence outline includes all the key content of your speech with the specific words you will use in your presentation.
6. When using humor in a speech, it's okay to use off-color jokes that may be considered offensive.
7. Familiarity means you should talk about things your audience does not know about.
1. Which of the following is an example of a secondary source of information?
A) A television documentary on the Civil War
B) Letters from a veteran of World War II relating the attack on Pearl Harbor
C) A pioneer woman's journal of her trek across the prairies
D) A TV interview with the survivor of an avalanche
2. An undeveloped story or example is called a(n)
C) specific instance.
3. To which Motive Cluster does aggression belong?
4. Where should you stand when displaying a visual aid?
A) In front of the aid.
B) To the side of the aid.
C) Behind the aid.
1. When comparisons or contrasts are used, one or more of the items should be familiar to the audience.
2. A hypothetical illustration, although it is imaginary, MUST seem believable to the audience.
3. Using someone else's words in the conclusion clouds the focus of the speech.
4. A personal reference, that is emotional and apologetic, will help establish goodwill with the audience and gain attention.