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1. What is the purpose of a FAQ?


• To cover up mistakes in the product

• To sell the product

• To answer the most common questions

• To provide a place for users to congregate

2. Choose the best technical sentence from the following:


• The exercise expedited energy expenditures.

• The exercise was increasing energy expenditures.

• The exercise caused the people to use more energy than they might have otherwise used in normal circumstances.

• The exercise increased energy expenditures.

3. What does "SME" refer to?


• Systematic math entry

• Subject-matter expert

• Scientific metric effect

• Scientific method exercise

4. As a general rule of thumb technical writers should use _______.


• Passive voice

• Active voice

5. What portion of a manual addresses issues that can occur with the product?


• Addendum section

• Appendix section

• Troubleshooting section

• Tech support section

6. Which of the following traits embody the ideal technical writing style?


• Parallel sentence structure

• Concise

• All of these

• Authoritative tone

7. If the document relies heavily on technical terms, which of the following should be included?


• A link to an online technical dictionary

• An appendix

• Footnotes

• Glossary of Terms

8. What is the purpose of a white paper?


• To offer solutions to problems

• To explain the product

• To list the features of the product

• All of these

9. Which of the following is NOT used to markup and/or style technical writing?






10. What is the most common way to present task-oriented instructions in written documentation?


• Step-by-step instructions in numbered lists

• Video demos

• Step-by-step instructions in bulleted lists

• In context-sensitive help

11. What is the abstract?


• A conclusive statement

• A theoretical framework

• A brief summary of the article

• A dataset

12. What is a functional description?


• A description that provides typical uses, details, and the purpose of the subject.

• A description that provides warranty information on the subject.

• A description that provides step-by-step details on using the subject.

13. Which of the following uses INCORRECT capitalization?


• The test concluded last Winter.

• The test concluded last winter.

• The scientist used a Bunsen burner to heat the compound.

• The tests were performed at Madison Square Garden.

14. What is cross-browser, cross platform compatibility?


• Compatibility across multiple smart phones and computers

• Compatibility across multiple browsers

• Compatibility across PCs and Macs

• Compatibility across multiple technologies, operating systems, and browsers

15. How many iterations of your original document will a technical writer generally be expected to write?


• At least two iterations

• At least four interations

• It depends on how many times the product changes

• At least three iterations

16. Which of the following is the most comprehensive definition of technical writing?


• Presenting features and benefits in a difficult manner

• Documenting tasks, scenarios, and tools

• Presenting complex information in an understandable manner

• Creating a document designed for engineers

17. In the context of technical writing, what does SME typically stand for?


• Subject Matter Expert

• Source Material Engagement

• Subject Matter Error

• Source Manager Evaluation

• Subject Material Error

18. When documenting an unfamiliar subject, which of the following people would be the best to consult?


• The programmers

• Your manager

• The marketers

• The subject-matter expert

19. Which of the following is the best wording to appear in end user documentation?


• If the program crashes???

• If the program dies...

• If the program abends???

• If the program shuts down unexpectedly???

20. Technical writing refers to:


• Explaining tech communication

• Writing about technology

• All of these

• Providing instructions on how to do something

21. Why are quick-start guides popular?


• All of these

• They reduce calls to tech support for initial setup

• They're cost effective

• Customers want them and read them

22. True or false? It is always best to use complex technical terms because it makes the document more credible.


• False

• True

23. Which of these are examples of technical writing?


• Training manuals

• All of these

• White papers

• Online help files

24. In addition to spelling, grammar, and punctuation, what should a technical writer also check in the document?


• Formatting

• Consistency

• All of these

• Accuracy

25. True or false? In order to be a technical writer, you must have a technical background.


• False

• True

26. Where can explanatory information appear?


• Below a step

• All of these

• After the instructions

• Before the instructions

27. When writing a technical manual for software, what preliminary meetings are best to attend, if possible?


• Software design meetings

• Quality assurance meetings

• Editorial review meetings

• Management meetings

28. Which of the following is the best way to summarize a list of software functions in written documentation?


• Charts

• In a table

• Endnotes

• Using Images

29. How does technical writing differ from expository writing?


• Technical writing does not involve proving arguments

• A conclusion does not need to be reached

• Technical writing uses flowery language, whereas expository does not

• Grammar and formatting are not important

30. Which of the following is the equivalent of a hyperlink in written documentation?


• An appendix

• A glossary of terms

• A cross reference

• Endnotes

31. What does p.r.n. Stand for?


• Per rectum

• As needed

• Per registered nurse

32. When documenting a piece of software and referring to a particular feature, you should follow the spelling???


• ...most commonly used by the target audience.

• ...suggested by an applicable style guide.

• ...used in the software's user interface.

• ...prescribed by your chosen dictionary.

33. ______ refers to the veracity of data, while _______ refers to the degree of exactness used in the measurements.


• intentional; incidental

• accuracy; precision

• reliability; validity

• precision; accuracy

34. Which voice should be used for explaining instructional steps?


• Active

• First person

• Second person

• Passive

35. Which verb tense is most effective in technical writing?


• Present progressive

• Regular verbs

• Present

• Present perfect

36. When technical writers talk about "single-source publishing," what do they mean?


• It is the system that allows technical writers to write once, then use and re-use and deploy the same content in various formats, and even languages.

• Only one person or department source writes and maintains all the documentation.

• Writers convert paper manuals to online formats.

• Software developers write explanatory documentation into their source codes.

37. Which of these is NOT a true statement about documents following a linear (paper) model?


• They are designed to be read in their entirety.

• They are designed to be read sequentially.

• The 'optimal' path through the information is not defined by the writer.

38. What level of user will most likely read a technical white paper?


• Intermediate to expert users

• Experts

• Rank novices with no prior knowledge

39. What is the FOG test?


• The test for Forensic Ocular Graphing

• A readability test

• A test on fog density

• A test to make sure your graphs are easily understood

40. When dealing with a help guide on a computer, when a user presses F1 from a field, what kind of help does the user usually receive?


• Scenarios

• Context-sensitive help

• Two or three options to complete the task

• All of these

41. What person is primarily responsible for editing a technical manual for style and grammar?


• All of these

• The quality assurance team

• The programming team

• The writer

42. What does a schematic illustrate?


• The way in which something works

• How an object appears from different angles

• Detailed instructions of how to use a product

• The feel of a product

43. What is a secondary source?


• Sources that are less relevant to your paper

• The second resource referenced

• An interpretation of data from a primary source

• The second group of people interviewed

44. Which of the following is correct?


• The machine's principal component is the engine.

• Both are correct

• The machine's principle component is the engine.

45. What is RoboHelp?


• That paperclip from Word

• An HTML5 publishing tool

• A database of technical terms and tools

• A Python publishing tool

46. Suppose you are citing an author who is citing another author's work. Which author should you cite in your paper?


• You do not need to cite either author

• You should formally cite the author you are actually reading

• You should formally cite both authors

• You should formally cite the author of the original experiment

47. Which of these is NOT an XML-based document format?




• LaTeX

• DocBook

48. Which is the proper way to express a temperature in Kelvin?


• 10 K

• 10 Kelvins

• 10?? K

• 10 Kelvin

49. What grammatical person is most often used in steps?


• Second person

• First person

• Implied second person

• Third person

50. Which of the following is the best procedure for testing documentation?


• Following a written test plan

• Working one's way through the documentation

• The beta testers completing the testing

• The programmers and the QA team completing the testing

51. What is the proper terminology for creating multiple outputs from one document?


• Multiple sourcing

• Single sourcing

• Dual sourcing

• All sourcing

52. What form of style is most often used in software documentation?


• Chicago

• AP