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1. Creating an outline is a good way to organize your ideas and research. True or false?


• True

• False

2. When should you use an ellipse?


• When you're quoting material and you want to omit some words.

• To substitute a period.

• When you mean "to be continued."

• As a substitute for "so" at the end of a sentence.

3. Where should the most important part of a news story be?


• Wherever it chronologically comes in telling the story.

• At the end.

• At the beginning.

• It depends on the news story.

4. choose the correct meaning of the word censor


• to make certain that something will happen

• an official body that bans parts of a book or film

• to criticize strongly

5. Which should you strictly limit?


• Semi colons—most people don’t know how to use them

• Exclamation marks—it’s like laughing at your own jokes

• Italics—they're hard to read

6. Why is a newspaper more likely to be sued for libel than for slander?


• Libel applies to the written word, while slander is spoken.

• Libel is better defined in US case law.

• Slander is no longer illegal in the US.

• A newspaper is equally likely to be sued for slander.

7. Which of the following is grammatically correct?


• The school has less teachers than schools in surrounding districts.

• The school has lesser teachers than schools in surrounding districts.

• The school has fewer teachers than schools in surrounding districts.

• The school has more fewer teachers than schools in surrounding districts.

8. How can you bring life to your writing?


• Paint pictures

• Tell stories

• Involve as many senses as possible

• All of these

9. How long should an article length be?


• 500 characters

• 500 words

• It's dependent on the article's context and writer

10. How can you tighten your articles?


• (All of these)

• Shorten long sentences

• Remove redundant words and phrases

• Remove qualifying words and phrases

11. True or false? You can never know who’s actually going to read your article, so you shouldn’t focus greatly on your audience when writing.


• False

• True

12. If the publisher's guidelines limit you to 500 words, you should:


• Stick precisely to that guideline

• Write around 350 words so the editor can add things you forgot

• Don't worry about the guideline. It's more of a suggestion.

• Write at least 750 words so the editor can pare it down

13. Which one is the long part of an article?


• Description

• All of the above

• Conclusion

• Introduction

14. In journalism, a "source" is:


• A specific person.

• A public figure.

• All of these

• An anonymous person.

15. What type of article focuses on people and their achievements?


• Service

• Manuscript

• Profile

• Ghostwritten

16. If you’re considering adding humor to your article, always remember:


• Don't be afraid to be offensive, controversy will stir up interest in your writing

• Humor can be culturally dependent, so be cautious when using it.

• Humor can hurt your credibility, so you should avoid it.

• Everyone loves to laugh, so add humor whenever possible.

17. True or False? You can quote “real people” as well as experts.


• True

• False

18. Which of the following would be the biggest negative to have in an article?


• using lots of big words

• over-use of adjectives

• spelling and grammar mistakes

• cliche words and phrases

19. Which of the following is true when it comes to writing articles on common topics?


• You don’t need a unique viewpoint, you just need to be a better writer.

• You should find something new to say or look for a fresh angle.

• You can skip doing your own research and just learn from what’s already been written

• If the topic is too common, discard it and find another one.

20. How are most articles structured?


• Introduction, argument, conclusion

• Introduction, anecdote, conclusion

• Introduction, body, argument

• Introduction, body, conclusion

21. Articles should be ____________.


• grammatically correct

• unique

• both grammatically correct and unique

• any one

22. A news article is meant to convey facts, so  your writing should be:


• Wordy

• Sophisticated

• Funny

• Objective

23. As the article writer, it's not really your job to edit or proofread. True or False?


• True

• False

24. Which one is the format of MS word document?


• .msd

• .doc

• .msdoc

• .xdoc

• .slx

25. Which is the correct use of "whom"?


• Whom has the right answer?

• Whom will be the one to rescue the princess?

• Whom is going to the party with her?

• Whom are you referring to?

26. The words 'and' and 'but' are examples of what?


• Verbs

• Nouns

• Adverbs

• Conjunctions

27. Before interviewing someone for an article, prepare a list of questions but don't be afraid to simply "go with the flow" of the conversation. True or False?


• False

• True

28. Which uses the proper form of "you're" and "your"?


• Your really pretty.

• Your the one who doesn't know the difference between "your" and "you're."

• You're the one who doesn't know the difference between "your" and "you're."

• You're fly is down.

29. How can you strengthen your writing?


• Turn comma splices into separate sentences

• All of these

• Cut excessive use of "of"

• Shorten long clauses

30. Plagiarism occurs when you:


• Use only government sources.

• Take a photograph without asking.

• Use another person's work as if it was yours.

• Quote someone incorrectly.

31. What’s the best long-term strategy to improve your writing?


• Read more

• Take regular breaks

• Read more and write more

• Write more

32. Which sentence is correct?


• Once Karen loses 10 pounds, her pants will be loose.

• Once Karen looses 10 pounds her pants will be lose.

33. Which of the following is a benefit of including a story in your article?


• Stories keep readers interested if your subject matter is advanced or technical.

• Stories help you fill space if you're having trouble reaching the word limit.

• Stories engage the reader by giving them an example of how the topic applies in real life.

• Stories don't have to be true, so they're easy to come up with.

34. "I" is ___________ person


• 3rd

• 1st

• 2nd

35. Before submitting an article for a particular publication, you should first check the publisher’s style guide. True or false?


• False

• True

36. Which of the following is true about conducting online research for your article?


• Anyone can post anything online, so you should only use printed sources.

• The availability of information online has made other forms of research unnecessary.

• Depending on the subject matter, you might be able to do all your research online.

• You must be extra attentive to the reliability of the source.

37. What is the most neutral way to end a quotation?


• "...he insisted."

• "...he argued."

• "...he said."

• "...he noted."

38. I will be looking forward to--


• hear from you.

• hearing from you.

• hearding you.

• heard that.

39. If after completing an article, you still haven't met the word count, what is the best thing to do?


• Elaborate a few key points

• Add quotations

• Write a filler paragraph repeating what you've already written, in different words

• Add adjectives before every noun

40. What is an “anonoblog”?


• A blog about people who used to be famous

• All of the above

• A general blog with multiple authors

• A blog written and maintained by an anonymous author, often under a pseudonym or pen name

41. choose the correct statement


• my fathers mother is my grandmother.

• My father's mother is my grandmother.

• my father's mother is my grandmother.

• My farther's mother, is my grandmother

42. The classic "inverted pyramid" approach to writing a news article means what?


• Drawing the reader in by teasing out details throughout the article.

• Including as many details as possible in the first three paragraphs.

• The most important information appears at the top of the story with additional details appearing in lower paragraphs.

• Balancing essential information with supporting details throughout the article.

43. Which of the following options is correct?


• Peanut Butter tastes better on apples then bananas.

• Apples are healthier for you then bananas.

• I used to like bananas, than I decided I like apples better.

• I like apples better than bananas.

44. An article that's intended to convince a reader to believe in your conclusion can be called what?


• An argument

• A definition

• An interview

• An explanation

45. What information is commonly included in an article's byline?


• The author's name and position

• The location of the events in the article

• The date of publication

• The section editor

46. Which of the following is the proper use of the hyphen?


• 20 year-sentence

• 20-year sentence

• 20-year-sentence

• well known-student

47. e.g. means ______ and i.e. means ________.


• in other words; in other words

• in other words; for example

• for example; in other words

• for example; for example

48. The continuation of a story from one page to another is called a:


• Bookmark

• Fold

• Jump

• Lead

49. Which is the proper use of "affect" and "effect"?


• I didn't know how strongly my actions would effect others.

• How will this affect me?

• Your effection for me is overwheming.

• The affects of the pill are very strong.

50. What voice is commonly used in general-interest articles?


• Active

• Terse

• Passive

51. Which is the correct use of "whose"?


• Whose mitt is this?

• Whose Who? I can't tell.

• Whose on first?

• Whose ready to go to the baseball game?

52. Which of the following are advantages of the "inverted pyramid" style?


• (all of these)

• Presents the most important facts quickly to busy readers.

• Allows the story to be easily edited for length by trimming the bottom.

• Lets the headline writer understand the story quickly.

53. How does a quote differ from an attribution?


• Quotes and attributions are the same.

• An attribution is only used for photographs.

• A quote reproduces the precise words of a subject; an attribution tells a reader where information came from.

• A quote can be anonymous; an attribution is always from a named source.

54. What's the best way to handle verb tense within a paragraph?


• Never change tenses

• Same tense unless there's a reason to change tenses

• You can switch tenses at will

55. What is the difference between "further" and "farther"?


• Farther is incorrect grammar. Further is always correct.

• Further is an extension of time or degree. Farther refers to physical distance.

• Further refers to physical distance. Farther is an extension of time or degree.

• Further is incorrect grammer. Farther is always correct.

56. Which of the following does NOT make for a good lead?


• Specificity

• Passive voice

• Conflict

• Brevity

57. What is a "pull quote"?


• A quote pulled from a source during an interview

• A quote pulled from government statistics

• A prominently displayed quote that is pulled from the article

58. How can you use an inarticulate quote that contains good information?


• Use it exactly as quoted

• There’s no way to use it

• Clean it up and use it as a quote

• Paraphrase it as an indirect quote

59. Which of the following sources would be considered the LEAST credible by current academic standards?


• Scholarly articles

• Research results

• Sites like JSTOR

• Wikipedia

60. What is "the gutter"?


• The space off the page to the right.

• The space off the page to the left.

• The top drawer of the editor's desk.

• The space between margins across facing pages.

61. Select the correct sentence.


• I use my left hand most frequently, so I refer to myself as left handed.

• I use my left-hand most frequently, so I refer to myself as left handed.

• I use my left-hand most frequently, so I refer to myself as left-handed.

• I use my left hand most frequently, so I refer to myself as left-handed.

62. After the first use, how do you refer to a source?


• Last name

• First and last name

• First name

63. What person is "you"?


• Second

• Third

• First

64. Once you've selected a topic for your article, it's important that you:


• Stay on topic and don't let your writing stray

• Find a way to include a personal anecdote related to the topic

• Explore as many avenues as possible within that topic

• Feel free to to expand the topic if it seems more interesting

65. Which statement is in passive voice?


• He would not stand up for himself.

• No good seats were available.

• The last good seat was taken by the friend.

• She would not save a seat.

66. When writing an article, what must you NEVER do?


• (All of these)

• Miss a deadline

• Proofread

• Copy with attribution

• Rewrite your article

67. The particular way in which a writer has approached a topic is known as what?


• Style

• Angle

• Opinion

• Structure

68. Which word is spelled incorrectly?


• forfit

• accommodate

• embarrass

• chauffeur

69. Which of the following is grammatically correct?


• The pouring rain didn't faze the marathon runners.

• The pouring rain didn't phase the marathon runners.

• The pouring rain didn't phrase the marathon runners.

• The pouring rain didn't fays the marathon runners

70. What is a “nut graph”?


• Part of an article that's meant to be funny or "nutty"

• A paragraph in which the main points of a story are summarized.

• An illustration used to convey facts in the form of a graph

71. If a paper is "put to bed," it means:


• Every copy of a particular issue was sold.

• The pages are all complete and headed to the printer.

• The newspaper's edition has been canceled by the editor.

• The paper has been bought out by another company.

72. When a story "jumps," that means it:


• Captures the reader's attention.

• Continues on another page.

• Continues in a different edition.

• Is picked up by the wire services.

73. When would you use Roman numerals?


• All of these

• Sequence for people

• Wars

• Sequence for animals

74. A sidebar story:


• Runs as opposition to an opinion piece.

• Wraps around a feature photograph.

• Is only printed in a narrow column.

• Supports or makes more clear a larger story.

75. What is a deck?


• Text pulled from the article that appears in a large font

• Biographical information at the end of the article

• A short, one or two line summary that expounds on the headline

• The same thing as a conclusion

76. What do you NOT normally do when querying an editor?


• Submit your article on spec

• Familiarize yourself with the publication

• Pick the angle of your topic

• Conduct preliminary research

77. What's a lead?


• An exclusive interview

• The first paragraph of your article or news story.

• The concluding paragraph of your article

• Lead is another name for source.

78. Which of the following is an example of a features article?


• A fact-based accounting of a recent crime

• A fictional short story

• A profile of a local musician

• An editorial on changes to a county ordinance

79. Which of the following is the defining characteristic of a "feature" story?


• Will be placed prominently on the front page.

• Is broken up into several sections.

• Has news value, but is also meant to entertain a reader.

• Is presented in several newspapers at once.

80. What's a byline?


• The date and city from which the story originates

• The name of the writer

• A blank line left between the title and the first paragraph of the article

• Byline is another word for headline.

81. When would you spell out the name of a nation's state or province?


• When it's a state that can not be abbreviated

• When it's in a dateline

• When it stands alone

• When it follows a city name

82. A features article differs from a news article in what way?


• Because it's written in the first person using "I" and "me"

• By giving a more in depth look at a subject

• By including opinions

• By relying more on interviews and stories than facts

83. Which is the correct use of a semicolon?


• She is survived by a daughter, Ariel, of New Jersey; a son, Eric, of North Carolina; and a cousin, Sebastian, of Florida.

• Why are you never on time; can't you do it just once?

• Redwoods, oaks, and pine trees all grow in the forest; along with tulips.

• "Hey;" she called,"Why won't you talk to me?"

84. Using the SVO (subject, verb, object) format in article does what?


• Tends to bore readers and should be avoided.

• Ensures that your writing is grammatically sound

• Ensures that your sentences are constructed in passive voice.

• Keeps your writing tight and concise

85. Where do you place additional information in a general interest article?


• Sidebars

• Endnotes

• Pull quotes

• Secondary articles

86. What's a query?


• A letter to an editor or publisher proposing an article you want to write.

• A word that describes the process of researching an article.

• A more formal term for the questions asked during an interview.

• The process of having your article reviewed by fellow writers.

87. A newspaper's physical archive is sometimes called a:


• Plate

• Morgue

• Proof

• Backup

88. A publication's circulation is measured by:


• The number of cities where it is available.

• The number of copies distributed to subscribers.

• The number of people who have access to it.

• The number of copies sold.

89. What is a "service piece"?


• An article about caring for vehicles and electronic devices

• A review of the service of a company

• A self-help article

• An article explaining services of a company

90. A lead that uses a quote, anecdote or other literary device to attract the reader is called a(n):


• Impact lead

• Ramp lead

• Soft Lead

• Hard Lead

91. What is a "lede"?


• The author’s bio

• The first paragraph

• Everything before the first subhead

• The first sentence

92. What are the explanations under photos called in an article?


• trimlines

• Taglines

• photo explanations

• Piclines

• Cutlines

93. A magazine-length article that paints a picture of a particular place and the people who work or live there is called what?


• Live-In

• News Feature

• Trend Story

• Profile

94. True or False: When referring to other magazine and newspaper article, you should place their titles in quotation marks.


• False

• True