Rehearsal and Delivery
1. When someone gives a persuasive speech hoping to move listeners in one direction but actually shifts listeners in the opposite direction, this is called a
A. positive persuasion.
B. persuasion continuum.
C. selective exposure.
D. negative persuasion.
2. A seasoned speaker has decided he is most comfortable using extemporaneous delivery. The main reason is because using this method can be thought of as taking part in a kind of
A. enlarged conversation.
B. formal recitation.
C. spontaneous commentary.
D. rehearsed theater.
3. When you consider whether audience members are from a high-context or low-context culture, you’re thinking about the
A. level of sophistication in their culture.
B. way technology and mass media shape their culture.
C. degree to which individuals are influenced by their culture.
D. way information is communicated in their culture.
4. “Poor as dirt” is an example of a/an
5. A new regional manager is ready to practice giving a report to the annual meeting but isn’t exactly sure how. The manager should be advised to rehearse it
A. in separate parts in order to make it simpler.
B. by reading the preparation outline aloud.
C. by memorizing it word for word.
D. from beginning to end, including leaving and returning to her seat.
6. Several pro-choice advocates want to address an anti-abortion rally and convince the crowd of their viewpoint. They should understand that generally, people
A. are more easily persuaded on major issues than minor ones.
B. almost never change attitudes or beliefs no matter what.
C. often reverse their opinion on the spot if the speaker is good enough.
D. change in small increments over a long period of time.
7. A poet incorporates many words and phrases invoking temperature, texture, and touch in her lecture so the audience can practically feel what she’s describing. In this way she creates ______ imagery in her speech.
8. A classmate needs advice about using notes during his first speech. You can remind him that the text suggests
A. bringing the entire speech outline for reference.
B. hiding any notes that must be used during the delivery.
C. reading directly from notes for statistics or quotations only.
D. avoiding the use of index cards.
9. Which of the following topics would be most appropriate for the comparison-and-contrast method?
A. The platforms of two opposing candidates
B. The events that led to the Civil War
C. The physical characteristics of a new movie star
D. Application of a new cleaning device
10. Which of the following speakers should use internal summaries in structuring the presentation?
A. She would like to suggest what will be coming later.
B. He wants to trace a map or route using a spatial format.
C. She has a humorous speech that’s quite brief.
D. He needs to recap major subdivisions in a long and complex speech.
11. One environmentalist on the oil spill team shows great competence, strong moral character, clear vision, dynamic energy, and a charismatic personality, so her peers naturally look up to her. She would make a good leader based on the ______ approach.
12. An American diplomat will be addressing a group of political and business leaders during her trip to Japan. In considering context, she should be careful to avoid
A. bringing up examples or illustrations to come to a conclusion.
B. being too obvious and direct in stating the case.
C. relying on vague expressions or symbolic language.
D. presenting evidence and only implying a related point.
13. Which of the following informational topics would be most efficiently organized using the temporal pattern?
A. The backpacking guide to the National Parks
B. The amazing structure of the brain
C. The strategic moves taken during the Cuban Missile Crisis
D. The richest woman in the world
14. Outside the courthouse, a convicted politician gives a short speech apologizing for the trial’s impact on the people in his district. His apology is considered a type of ______ speech.
15. A surgeon’s presentation to first-year medical students has a low level of abstraction. This means that her talk is
A. specific and concrete
B. complex and philosophical
C. rambling and long-winded
D. illogical and confusing
16. A mystery writers group wants to hold public book discussions, with members facing the audience and talking informally without prepared speeches. What format would work best?
A. Round table
17. A speaker knows he needs to restrict the amount of information given, but can’t decide how to accomplish this. He should
A. paraphrase quotations and estimate numerical data.
B. touch only very briefly on a wide range of subjects.
C. limit the number of items but explain them in depth.
D. cut examples and illustrations.
18. The governor opposes the installation of wind turbines as a new energy source in his state because “we have never done anything like this before.” What’s he using to make his point?
B. Anecdotal evidence
C. Appeal to tradition
19. A civic leader is asked to give a eulogy at a public gathering next week. A eulogy is designed to
A. honor someone who has died.
B. present or accept a prestigious award.
C. give meaning to something at a formal ceremony.
D. mark a special event or anniversary.
20. A librarian gives a short talk at a retirement luncheon after 50 years of service to the city. What is the librarian presenting?
A. A commencement address
B. A toast
C. A farewell speech
D. A testimonial
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