Sample Questions: Basic Public Speaking

Here is a Sample of Public Speaking Questions...I will probably cut some as the test comes closer (we won't get through all of this material)...

Disclaimer: Many of these questions have been submitted by past students. I take no responsibility for poorly written questions and typos. Read with a grain of salt!

1. A good speech topic    
a. is adapted and involves your listeners.

b. avoids issues of political significance.
c. is applicable to all speaking situations.

d. should encompass a complex subject in its entirety.

2. "The three major techniques of psychoanalysis are free association, the analysis of everyday behavior, and dream interpretation" is an example of a a. general purpose. b. specific purpose. c. preview. d. thematic analysis.

3. Which of the following would make a good thesis statement for an informative speech?
a. Reducing the size of the deficit.
b. You can lose weight using three basic techniques.
c. Our national parks: Will they survive?
d. Freedom is our most important export.

4. Which of the following is not a form of supporting material?
a. Narratives b. Assertions c. Examples d. Testimony

5. testimony invokes the "voice of the people."
a. Lay b. Expert c. Prestige d. Referent

6. When a point you wish to make is highly controversial, you would be wise to use as supporting materials.
a. hypothetical examples
b. facts, statistics, and expert testimony
c. expert, prestige, and lay testimony
d. opinions, inferences, and adjudications

7. The first step in structuring a speech should be
a. writing out the introduction.
b. arranging main points in the most effective order.
c. writing out the body of the speech.
d. determining your main points.

8. You plan to give a speech on the three most popular approaches to quit smoking. Your most likely choice for a speech design would be
a. sequential. b. categorical. c. hierarchical. d. chronological.

9. Effective speech transitions can help to
a. show how points relate to each other. b. prepare your audience for forthcoming ideas and materials. c. connect the body of a speech with the introduction and conclusion. d. All of the above.

10. Which of the following is a function of a conclusion?
a. To establish the speaker's credibility b. To summarize the speaker's message c. To provide a list of readings d. To provide a sense of inertia

11. The following outline structure reflects which basic design strategy?
I. Before you can fix a flat tire, you must jack up the car.
II. The next step is to replace the damaged tire with your spare tire.
III. Before driving off, make sure the bolts are tight.

a. Procedural b. Sequential c. Problem-solution d. Categorical

12. The main points of an outline should be
a. worded as simple, complete sentences.
b. worded as compound or complex sentences.
c. worded with a sense of moral conviction.
d. broken into dependent and independent clauses.

13. Which of the following is not important to consider when choosing the attire that is appropriate for your speech?
a. consider the occasion
b. consider the image
c. consider your topic
d. consider getting attention

(D)

14. A outline is used during the presentation of a speech.
a. formal b. working c. sequential d. keyword

15. Closing the physical distance between the speaker and the audience can
a. increase individuality. b. encourage independence. c. enhance identification. d. impair identification.

16. When practicing your presentation, you should do all of the following except
a. simulate the actual speaking situation as closely as possible. b. practice sitting down so you can concentrate exclusively on your wording. c. practice first from your formal outline then move to the keyword outline. d. practice until you can be fully conversant on your ideas as you present them.

17. Which of the following is not one of the basic types of informative speeches?
a. Speeches of description
b. Speeches of explanation
c. Speeches of declamation
d. Speeches of demonstration

18. The major purpose of an informative speech is to
a. provide solutions to real problems.
b. share knowledge and ideas.
c. clear up disputed issues.
d. exhort audiences to pursue an ethical lifestyle.

19. A speech describing the major wine regions of California is best structured using a design.
a. varietal b. sequential c. generic d. spatial

20. Informative speaking goals perform all of the following functions except
a. moving listeners to action. b. shaping the perceptions of listeners. c. describing a process d. setting an agenda of public concerns.

21. Identify the organization pattern that would be used in a speech with the following thesis statement: "The four factors that determine the value of a baseball card are the fame of the player, the age of the card, the rarity of the card and the physical condition of the card."
a. time b. spatial c. reason d. topical

22. When using statistics in a speech, you should usually
a. avoid combining statistics with examples. b. use round numbers when they're suitable. c. use statistics frequently. d. manipulate the statistics to make an important point.

24. In outlining, a coordinate point is
a. one secondary to another. b. like a thesis. c. equal in weight of another. d. one of particular significance.

25. Audience analysis is important in which of the following?
a. selecting a topic b. organizing a speech c. choosing the supporting material d. all of the above

26. If you were giving an informative speech to a general audience on how the stock market works, the most important factor to consider would be
a. cultural and ethnic identity. b. age. c. gender. d. general backgrounds, values and beliefs.

27. If you were giving an informative speech on how to make a real Italian lasagna, you would best organize your main points in a. time order. b. spatial order. c. reason order. d. problem-solution order.

28. The main value of using statistics in a speech is to a. provide specific illustrations. b. provide quotes by authorities. c. provide greater description and details. d. give weight and authority to generalizations.

29. The particular benefit of using quotations in a speech is that they
a. fill time and entertain the audience.
b. provide solid numerical information on the topic.
c. lend authority, meaning and appeal to a speech.
d. draw primarily on specific instances.

30. Examples offer a special kind of magic to speeches. The special features below, except one, demonstrate the power of an example. Which one does NOT demonstrate its power?
a. concreteness
b. references to the familiar
c. color and variety
d. generalities

31. Identify the type of supporting material used in the following excerpt from a student speech about the lack of prompt and proper emergency room care. "Another cause of the problem is that precious time is often wasted on useless paperwork before vital emergency treatment begins. Several years ago, a man driving by an elementary school in my hometown had a heart attack and crashed into a school yard. Seven children were taken to the emergency room three blocks away, but the real tragedy had not yet begun. Once in the emergency room, the children were denied treatment until the parents were contacted and the admitting forms filled out. By the time the forms were completed, two of the children had died."

a.testimony b. narrative c. analogy d. testimony

32. Which of the following is NOT a general purpose/function for giving a speech?
a. to inform b. to decide c. to persuade d. to entertain


33. Words or phrases that indicate when a speaker has completed one thought and is moving on to another are called
a. transfers. b. speech bridges. c. transitions. d. none of the above.

34. Which of the following is NOT a benefit for using visual aid materials in a speech?
a. They add clarity.
b. They help create identification with the listener.
c. They can help reduce apprehension.
d. They add to the length of time of your speech.

35. Identify the flaw in the following thesis statement for a classroom speech: "Available scholarships for students in the 1996-1997 academic year."
a. It's too detailed.
b. It's not a complete sentence.
c. It's too long.
d. It's too descriptive.

36. When you use a visual aid you should avoid all of the following except one. Which should you use?
a. keeping it posted behind you throughout the speech.
b. using it to serve a purpose.
c. using elaborate detail and color.
d. holding it throughout the speech.

37. The following are all necessary in an outline except one item. Which of the following is NOT necessary?
a. a thesis statement. b. transitions. c. directions for delivery d. consistency

38. All of the following are instances of informative speaking except one. Which is NOT an example of informative speaking? a. the teacher demonstrating methods of speech organization.
b. the librarian explaining how to use the New York Times Index.
c. the banker telling about current trends in the stock market.
d. the pastor urging church members to give to the building fund.

39. When used in a speech introduction, all of the following except one illustrate methods of getting the audience's attention. Which is NOT an attention-getter?
a. "Tis better to give than to receive."
b. "Did you hear the joke about Olle and Lena?"
c. "In 1996, 1 in 4 college women reported being raped."
d. "I have 12 years teaching experience and I am a doctoral student."

40. If you were giving an informative speech to the class on the presidency of Dwight Eisenhower, the most important factor to consider when considering the class would most likely be
a. gender. b. ethnicity. c. age. d. religion.

41. When you conclude a speech you should
a. reiterate your main ideas.
b. relate the topic to the audience.
c. leave with something memorable.
d. all of the above.

42. "As Howard Stern said in a recent interview, America must act now to stop the pollution of its coastal waters. If it does not, the beauty of our beaches and coastlines may be permanently destroyed." If you were to consider the above quote for a speech, you should most be concerned with
a. memorizing the quote.
b. determining the qualifications of the source.
c. summarizing the quote.
d. all of the above.

43. When giving an "Informative" speech you should-
a. Be Relevant
b. Talk fast
c. Talk to your note cards
d. None of the above

(a)

44. What are the 3 reasons we seek knowledge in speeches?
a. To know b. To understand c. To use information d. To act like we know what is going on e. To have fun f. a,b,c g. d,c,a

(f)

45. What are some Informative speech topics?
a. Places b. Concepts c. People d. Events e. none of the above f. All of the above

(f)

46. Which of the following is an element of physical delivery?
a. posture
b. eye contact
c. dancing
d. both a and b

47. Delivery is best when the audience is not aware of it.

a. true
b. false

 

More questions I have written with another text in mind, but hey, if they help here they are!
 

1. Which of the following is NOT an example of effective individual brainstorming:

 

a. Frank takes five minutes to write as many topics as he can that come to his mind, just writing anything down.

b. Leila writes down the ABC's and tries to write as many words as she can for a, then b, then c, and so on.

c. Georgette uses a free-association exercise where she writes down one word, then another one which pops up, and so on for the next five minutes.

d. Robin decides to write fancy titles or sentence descriptions of speech possibilities for the next five minutes.

e. All of the above are examples of what your authors suggest for effective brainstorming.

 

Feedback:

a. Effective brainstorming can include many writing exercises such as this.

b. Effective brainstorming can include many writing exercises such as this.

c. Effective brainstorming can include many writing exercises such as this.

d. Effective brainstorming does not include writing fancy titles or sentence descriptions; it should be quick and non-evaluative in nature.

 

2. Concerning topic selection, your authors suggest that you select topics that you are knowledgeable about. When selecting a topic:

 

a. Your knowledge of the topic should come solely upon your involvement with the topic.

b. Your knowledge of the topic should come from your experience and involvement with the topic and may not come from research or interviewing.

c. Your knowledge of the topic can come from your own experience and involvement, from turning to other people for information and by turning to other resources.

d. Your knowledge of the topic can come from your experience and your research, but you should avoid interviewing others on your topic.

e. Your knowledge of the topic is irrelevant when selecting a speech topic.

 

Feedback

a. Knowledge can come from your own experience and involvement, from other people and other resources.

b. Knowledge can come from your own experience and involvement, from other people and other resources.

c. Knowledge can come from your own experience and involvement, from other people and other resources.

d. Knowledge can come from your own experience and involvement, from other people and other resources.

e. Knowledge can come from your own experience and involvement, from other people and other resources.

 

4. When you narrow your topic, you should consider:

 

a. The amount of information available on the narrowed topic.

b. The amount of information that can be conveyed within the time limits.

c. Whether or not the narrowed topic can be discussed with enough depth to keep the audience members interested.

d. Whether or not the narrowed topic can be discussed with enough depth to increase the knowledge of the audience.

e. All of the above should be considered.

 

Feedback:

a. This is important, but look more closely at all of your options for this question.

b. This is important, but look more closely at all of your options for this question.

c. This is important, but look more closely at all of your options for this question.

d. This is important, but look more closely at all of your options for this question.

e. Knowing the amount of information available, the amount that can be covered in your time limit, and the ability to go deep enough into the subject to keep your audience's interest and increase their knowledge should all be considered.

 

 

5. Which generalization is most often true concerning audiences?

 

a. Captive audiences tend to be homogeneous while voluntary audiences tend to be heterogeneous.

b. Homogeneous audiences are audiences characterized by many differences among individuals.

c. Heterogeneous audiences are audiences characterized by many similarities among individuals.

d. Voluntary audiences tend to be homogeneous while captive audiences tend to be heterogeneous.

e. A captive audience chooses to listen to the particular speaker or speech.

 

Feedback:

a. Captive audiences tend to be heterogeneous while voluntary audiences tend to be.

b. Homogeneous audiences are audiences characterized by many similarities among individuals.

c. Heterogeneous audiences are audiences characterized by many differences among individuals.

d. Voluntary audiences tend to be homogeneous because all are there for a common cause while captive audiences tend to be heterogeneous and have many different motivations for being in the audience.

e. A captive audience tend not to choose to listen to the particular speaker or speech.

 

 

6. Which student is considering only the demographic traits of their audience:

 

a. Nina thinks about her audience's age, economic background and educational interests.

b. Philip is analyzing his audience's distinctions such as names, year in school, and age.

c. Pat considers her audience's organizational affiliations and whether or not they are "forced to come" or if they are there because they want to.

d. Dale wonders about the audience's economic class and their interest and knowledge of the topic.

e. Tanner analyzes the audiences age and attitudes, beliefs, and values.

 

Feedback:

a. Demographic traits do not include educational interests.

b. Demographics do include data such as names, year in school, and major as well race, sex, hometown, etc.

c. Organizational affiliations are demographic traits, whether they are forced to come or not is analysis of captive vs. voluntary audiences.

d. Economic class is a demographic trait, but interest and knowledge are not.

e. Age is a demographic trait, but attitudes, beliefs and values are not.

 

7. Which of the following students have effectively combined audience analysis with ethics:

 

a. Mark finds that the audience strongly disagrees with him on his topic, so he just "tells a white lie" to make it appear that they all are on the same side.

b. Destiny decides to tell the audience that they are wrong about their views on the topic, taking the "hard sell" approach since she finds out that her audience strongly disagrees with her.

c. Mia finds the audience knows very little about her topic, so she changes her approach to be much more basic, covering the key terms but not the complex ones.

d. Al l of the above are suggested by your text as ethical and effective audience analysis tactics.

 

Feedback:

a. Ethical speakers do not tell "white lies" and instead are honest.

b. A hard sell approach to a hostile audience is not effective

c. Adapting your approach to the audience needs is ethical and effective.

d. Try again, there is only one correct response to this question.

 

8. As a speaker, you should use audience analysis to:

 

a. Adapt your verbal and nonverbal codes to the audience, situation and occasion.

b. Adapt your topics to the audience, sitatuion and occasion.

c. Adapt your purpose to the audience, situation, and occasion.

d. Adapt your choice of supporting materials to the audience, situation and occasion.

e. All of the above are important factors in effective adaptation.

 

Feedback:

a. Yes this is true, but look more closely at your choices.

b. Yes this is true, but look more closely at your choices.

c. Yes this is true, but look more closely at your choices.

d. Yes this is true, but look more closely at your choices.

e. We should adapt our overall approach to the audience situation and occasion. This includes delivery, topic, purpose, and choice of supporting materials and organizational patterns, among other factors.

 

 

9. If you were giving a persuasive speech to an audience who does not support your view, the one thing you would MOST want to learn from your audience analysis would probably be:

 

a. Their educational level.

b. Their specific objections to your proposal.

c. Their disposition toward the speech occasion.

d. Their demographic status.

e. Their economic-class background.

 

10. A good speech topic:

 

a. Is adapted, involves your listeners and also interests you.

b. Avoids all issues of political significance.

c. Should be used in the same way in all speaking situations if it is a good topic!

d. Should be complex and technical.

 

Feedback:

a. Good topics are the topics that are adapted to others but also interest you!

b. Good topics must be adapted and of interest to you and others, they need not avoid issues, just adapt to the audience's views carefully.

c. If you could give the same speech to every audience, every audience must be actually the same.

d. Good topics are the topics that are adapted to others but also interest you! They need not be complex and technical unless this is what interests both you and the audience.

 

 

11. A(n) __________ audience is characterized by many differences among individuals.

 

a. heterogeneous

 

Feedback:

a. Heterogeneous means differences among the group.

 

 

12. A(n) __________ audience is an audience that has not chosen to hear a particular speaker or speech.

 

a. captive

 

Feedback:

a. A captive audience does not choose to listen to the speaker or speech, but rather "finds" himself or herself in the audience or must attend due to some other reason.

 

13. A(n) _____ is a predisposition to respond favorably or unfavorably to a person, an object, and idea or an event. Examples from your text include "pro-life" or "pro-animal rights."

 

a. attitude

 

Feedback:

a. Attitudes are predisposition's that do affect audience interest of your speech.

 

 

14. You must cite the source of a supporting material when you obtain it from a print medium, however when it is an interview you need not do this because an oral footnote would distract from your audience adaptation.

 

a. True

b. False

 

Feedback:

a. Always cite your sources, to fail to do so is plagiarism. Further, when you adapt your sources to the audience, by choosing authors or interviewees whom they respect, will enhance your credibility and your adaptation

b. Always cite your sources, to fail to do so is plagiarism. Further, when you adapt your sources to the audience, by choosing authors and interviewees whom they respect, will enhance your credibility and your adaptation.

 

 

General Questions on Supporting Your View

 

1. When researching materials for your speech, you should:

 

a. Avoid magazines since they are not books.

b. Use a variety of resource materials to give a more balanced approach to your speech.

c. Never use a book since it is probably dated material.

d. Not use computer research since it generally has a bias.

Feedback:
a. magazines can be useful sources of information.

b. variety, even with support materials, is the spice of life!

c. books can be useful information. You should check the dates of the materials though. Use current sources unless your topic, such as great Greek Philosophers, is a "classic" topic of sorts.

d., computers can offer a variety of useful sources. Do be careful to check the source, date and author of the materials though. All source types are subject to a bias.

 

2. When giving a speech, speakers must cite sources by:

 

a. Adding a bibliography; it is not necessary to state the sources if you have a typed bibliography to give the teacher or coordinator of the event at which you are speaking.

b. Using an oral footnote and citing the materials in the written representation of the speech.

c. Including printed sources only in oral footnotes or written documentation; interviews or television shows need not be cited.

d. Plagiarizing the source in both the oral and written forms of the speech.

 

Feedback:

a. You should cite your sources whenever you use them. You need to say them aloud when giving a speech, and write they properly when using the materials in written form.

b. Using oral footnotes and citing the materials in the written representation of the speech are ethical and effective source citation.

c. You should cite your sources whenever you use them. You need to say them aloud when giving a speech and write they properly when using the materials in written form.

d. Plagiarism is never acceptable.

 

3. The most correct way to cite an Internet source is:

 

a. "According to the on-line version of Time Magazine, Dr. Jones says…."

b. "According to NBC's website…"

c. "According to an online article by Dr. H. Nichols, a doctor at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN…"

d. "According to the June 22, 1999 on-line version of the Chicago Sun Times, Dr. Herald, a doctor at ABC Hospital, says…"

e. "Dr. Jones, a prestigious microbiologist, was quoted online as saying…"

 

Feedback:

a. Always cite your sources with where it is from, who said it and when it was published or posted.

b. Always cite your sources with where it is from, who said it and when it was published or posted.

c. Always cite your sources with where it is from, who said it and when it was published or posted.

d. Always cite your sources with where it is from, who said it and when it was published or posted.

e. Always cite your sources with where it is from, who said it and when it was published or posted.

 

 

4. When you want to illustrate your point by giving a specific instance of what you are discussing, you should use which of the following types of supporting materials:

 

a. Examples

b. Testimonial Evidence

c. Statistics

d. Analogies

 

Feedback:

a. Examples are specific instances

b. Testimonial evidence includes quotations from experts or peers.

c. Statistics are numerical representations of phenomena that generally used to support generalizations.

d. Analogies are comparisons.

 

5. To determine if you are using ethical tactics in your speech, your authors suggest you:

 

a. Be well informed about your subject.

b. Be honest in what you say.

c. Use valid reasoning

d. All of the above.

 

Feedback:

a. This is true, but look more closely.

b. This is true, but look more closely.

c. This is true, but look more closely..

d. Being informed, being honest and using valid reasoning are all ethical tactics.

 

 

6. ________ is the "use of someone else’s ideas or words, without credit."

 

a. Plagiarism

 

Feedback: Plagiarism is basically "cheating" or "sealing" another person's work and treating it as your own.

7. Which of the following is NOT an example of a goal for informative speaking:

 

a. Nisanyaon will clarify her religious views for the audience.

b. Casey will demonstrate three self-defense methods.

c. Patrick will advocate a position on the Reformed Political Party.

d. Carisa will explain three different social policies concerning welfare.

e. Ronald will define four solutions that have been proposed to reduce chemical warfare.

 

a. Clarification follows an informative goal.

b. Demonstration follows an informative goal.

c. In this speech Patrick will advocate his position and thus will be giving a persuasive speech, not an informative one.

d. Explanation follows an informative goal.

e. Definition follows an informative goal.

 

Parts of a Speech and Speech Organization

 

1. In an effective speech introduction, all of the following should be included EXCEPT:

 

a. An attention-gaining statement to arouse the audience.

b. A statement which enhances your credibility

c. A forecast statement indicating the organization of the speech.

d. A development of your main points with supporting materials.

e. A revelation of your purpose

 

Feedback:

a. An attention-gaining statement to arouse the audience should begin your speech.

b. A statement that enhances your credibility should be included in your introduction.

c. A forecast statement indicating the organization of the speech, should be included in your introduction.

d. A fleshing-out of your main points with supporting materials belongs in the body of your speech.

e. A revelation of your purpose should be included in your introduction.

 

2. Which of the following is NOT an effective way to gain your audience's attention:

 

a. Arouse their curiosity.

b. Begin with music playing.

c. Insult them with a racist joke to prove your point.

d. Show a brief clip of a video.

e. Tell a story.

 

Feedback:

a. To arouse their curiosity is an effective way to gain your audience's attention.

b. To begin with music playing is an effective way to gain your audience's attention.

c. To insult the audience with a racist joke to prove your point is NOT an effective way to gain your audience's attention, it will most likely offend a great majority of the audience.

d. Showing a brief clip of a video is an effective way to gain your audience's attention.

e. Telling a story is an effective way to gain your audience's attention.

 

 

3. Which of the following is an example of an effective preview statement:

 

a. "Understanding your credit report is important."

b. "Knowing what to do in an emergency can be summarized in three easy steps."

c. "Three steps to making this work will follow."

d. "Today I will explain first how to reduce your waste, second how to recycle items and third, how to reuse materials."

e. "To learn effective rock-climbing,, you will need to know how to stretch, preparing your materials, and you must be able to go on a hike through the woods to find the best spot."

 

Feedback:

a. "Understanding your credit report is important," is an example of a thesis statement.

b. "Knowing what to do in an emergency can be summarized in three easy steps." excludes a listing of the main points.

c. "Three steps to making this work will follow," is not detailed enough.

d. "Today I will explain first how to reduce your waste, second how to recycle items and third, how to reuse materials," is the most effective forecast statement listed here. It is detailed, includes signposts and is written in parallel form.

e. "To learn effective rock-climbing,, you will need to know how to stretch, preparing your materials, and you must be able to go on a hike through the woods to find the best spot," is not written in parallel form.

 

4. The body of the speech:

 

a. Introduces the topic to the audience.

b. Helps provide the audience an introduction to your credentials as a speaker on the topic.

c. Expands upon the main points previewed in the preview statement.

d. All of the above.

 

Feedback:

a. The introduction introduces the topic to the audience.

b. In your introduction you should provide the audience an introduction to your credentials as a speaker on the topic.

c. The body does expand upon the main points previewed in the forecast statement with the use of supporting materials.

e. Try again, there is only one correct response to this question.

 

For Questions 5-8:

Arranged in random order below are a main point, two sub-points and two sub-sub-points from a speech outline.

 

a. One example of a prepackaged software program is Microsoft's FrontPage.

b. Advanced software programs are helpful in writing WebPages.

c. When writing WebPages you can use a basic HTML writing program or a more advanced software program.

d. Another way you might write WebPages would be through learning the actual HTML language codes.

e. A second software program which helps you develop a website is Netscape Composer.

 

 

5. Choice ________ listed above is the only "main point."

 

(c )

 

Feedback:

a. Choice "a" is an example of sub-subpoint; it is a subdivision of the subpoint listed in "b."

b. Choice "b" is an example of a subpoint; it is a subcategory of the main point in c.

c. Choice "c" is an example of a main point; it is the broadest point.

d. Choice "d" is an example of a subpoint; it is a subcategory of the main point in c.

e. Choice "e" is an example of a sub-subpoint; it is a subdivision of the subpoint listed in "b."

 

6. Which are the sub-points:

 

a. Selections e and b

b. Selections a and e

c. Selections d and a

d. Selections d and e

e. Selections b and d

 

Feedback:

a. Choice "e" is an example of a sub-subpoint, it is a subdivision of the subpoint listed in "b." Choice "b" is an example of a subpoint, it is a subcategory of the main point in c.

b. Choice "a" is an example of sub-subpoint, it is a subdivision of the subpoint listed in "b." Choice "e" is an example of a sub-subpoint; it is a subdivision of the subpoint listed in "b."

c. Choice "d" is an example of a subpoint, it is a subcategory of the main point in c. Choice "a" is an example of sub-subpoint, it is a subdivision of the subpoint listed in "b."

d. Choice "d" is an example of a subpoint, it is a subcategory of the main point in c. Choice "e" is an example of a sub-subpoint, it is a subdivision of the subpoint listed in "b."

e. Choice "b" is an example of a subpoint, it is a subcategory of the main point in c. Choice "d" is an example of a subpoint; it is a subcategory of the main point in c.

 

7. Which are the sub-sub- points:

 

a. Selections e and b

b. Selections a and e

c. Selections d and a

d. Selections d and e

e. Selections b and d

 

Feedback:

a. Choice "e" is an example of a sub-subpoint, it is a subdivision of the subpoint listed in "b." Choice "b" is an example of a subpoint, it is a subcategory of the main point in c.

b. Choice "a" is an example of sub-subpoint, it is a subdivision of the subpoint listed in "b." Choice "e" is an example of a sub-subpoint; it is a subdivision of the subpoint listed in "b

c. Choice "d" is an example of a subpoint, it is a subcategory of the main point in c. Choice "a" is an example of sub-subpoint, it is a subdivision of the subpoint listed in "b."

d. Choice "d" is an example of a subpoint, it is a subcategory of the main point in c. Choice "e" is an example of a sub-subpoint, it is a subdivision of the subpoint listed in "b."

e. Choice "b" is an example of a subpoint, it is a subcategory of the main point in c. Choice "d" is an example of a subpoint; it is a subcategory of the main point in c.

 

8. When used in a speech introduction all of the following except one illustrate methods of getting the audience's attention. Which is NOT an attention-getting statement?

 

a. My father always told me, "Hard work always pays off."

b. Let's look at this video clip and imagine ourselves in this situation.

c. In 1996, 1 out of 10 of our college women here at XSU reported a rape according the campus safety center.

d. I have 12 years of teaching experience and I am a parent.

e. Once upon a time, there was a young girl who….

 

a. Beginning with a quotation or saying is effective.

b. Beginning with a video clip is effective.

c. Beginning with a statistic is effective.

d. This is a credibility statement, you should begin with an attention device.

e. Beginning with a story is effective.

 

9. Keisha has reduced her final outline down to a smaller version to practice with. This practice outline consists of important words and phrases to help jog her memory when she is giving the speech. The practice outline described here is called a(n):

 

a. Sentence Outline

b. Rough Draft Outline

c. Key-Word Outline

d. Substantial Outline

e. Organizational Design Outline

 

Feedback:

a. A sentence outline would include full sentences and a full representation of Keisha's speech.

b. A rough draft outline would have been the first draft of Keisha's speech.

c. A key-word outline does consist of important words and phrases to help jog her memory when she is giving the speech.

d. Try again.

e. Try again.

 

 

10. Tawanna is giving a speech on how weather fronts move from the west coast, to the mid-west, and then to the east cost. Her speech follows which of the following organizational patterns:

 

a. Time sequence

b. Topical Sequence

c. Cause/Effect

d. Problem/Solution

e. Spatial/relations

 

Feedback:

a. Time sequence orders the points chronologically, in the order of what must come first, what must come second, etc.

b. Topical sequence orders the points by topic designations. This pattern would divide the information based upon different types, kinds, categories, designs, ways, etc.

c. Cause/effect organization orders the points by discussing a cause and then the effects of this cause.

d. A Problem/solution organization orders the points by discussing first a problem and then second a solution to the problem.

e. Spatial/relations organization orders the points through how they occur naturally in space. This pattern might order the points from east to west, from top to bottom, from north to south, etc.

 

 

11. Identify the organization pattern that would be best to describe the four major bike paths in Duluth, Minnesota.

 

a. Time sequence

b. Topical Sequence

c. Cause/Effect

d. Problem/Solution

e. Spatial/relations

 

Feedback:

a. Time sequence orders the points chronologically, in the order of what must come first, what must come second, etc.

b. Topical sequence orders the points by topic designations. This pattern would divide the information based upon different types, kinds, categories, designs, ways, etc.

c. Cause/effect organization orders the points by discussing a cause and then the effects of this cause.

d. A Problem/solution organization orders the points by discussing first a problem and then second a solution to the problem.

e. Spatial/relations organization orders the points through how they occur naturally in space. This pattern might order the points from east to west, from top to bottom, from north to south, etc.

 

 

12. A speech describing the path of migration directional path of an animal moving from north to south is best structured using a _______ design.

a. Time sequence

b. Topical Sequence

c. Cause/Effect

d. Problem/Solution

e. Spatial/relations

 

Feedback:

a. Time sequence orders the points chronologically, in the order of what must come first, what must come second, etc.

b. Topical sequence orders the points by topic designations. This pattern would divide the information based upon different types, kinds, categories, designs, ways, etc..

c. Cause/effect organization orders the points by discussing a cause and then the effects of this cause.

d. A Problem/solution organization orders the points by discussing first a problem and them a solution to the problem.

e. Spatial/relations organization orders the points through how they occur naturally in space. This pattern might order the points from east to west, from top to bottom, from north to south, etc.

 

 

13. You plan to give a speech on the three most popular approaches to quitting smoking. Your most likely choice for a speech design would be:

a. Time sequence

b. Topical Sequence

c. Cause/Effect

d. Problem/Solution

e. Spatial/relations

 

Feedback:

a. Time sequence orders the points chronologically; that is, in the order of what must come first, what must come second, etc.

b. Topical sequence orders the points by topic designations. This pattern would divide the information based upon different types, kinds, categories, designs, ways, etc.

c. Cause/effect organization orders the points by discussing a cause and then the effects of this cause.

d. A Problem/solution organization orders the points by discussing first a problem and then a solution to the problem..

e. Spatial/relations organization orders the points through how they occur naturally in space. This pattern might order the points from east to west, from top to bottom, from north to south, etc.

 

14. Effective speech transitions:

 

a. Show how points relate to one another.

b. Prepare your audience for forthcoming ideas and materials.

c. Connect the body of a speech with the introduction and conclusion.

d. Bridge ideas together.

e. All of the above.

 

Feedback:

a. This is true, but look more closely.

b. This is true, but look more closely.

c. This is true, but look more closely.

d. This is true, but look more closely.

e. Transitions can do all of these.

 

15. Which of the following is a function of a conclusion?

 

a. To establish the speaker's credibility

b. To summarize the speaker's message

c. To provide a list of readings

d. To provide a sense of inertia

 

Feedback:

a. This should have happened in the introduction.

b. A conclusion should include a summary statement.

c. A bibliography or works cited page will contain your readings and research.

d. Try again.

 

16. The ____ of a speech is its largest portion, in which the speaker places his or her arguments and ideas, substantiation and examples, and proofs and illustrations.

 

a. body

 

Feedback:

a. The body of a speech expands upon the comments made in the introduction. It is the "meat" of the speech.

 

 

17. An ______ is a "written plan that uses symbols, margins, and content to reveal the order, importance, and substance of your speech."

 

a. outline

 

Feedback:

a. An outline can take several forms, but it must follow a specific pattern of symbolism..

 

 

18. Phrases which indicate where you are in the speech such as, "First, I will illustrate..., " "A second idea is...," "Finally, we will...," "Furthermore, you should consider...", and "In conclusion..." are called ___________.

 

a. signposts

 

Feedback:

Signposts, show the audience where you are in the speech, just like a driver see sign posts to know where he or she is.

 

 

19. A ________ is a formal list of the sources used in your speech.

 

a. bibliography or

b. work cited list

 

Feedback:

a. A bibliography is a style specific list of your sources.

b. A bibliography is a style specific list of your sources.

 

 

20. A preliminary organization of the outline of your speech which you use as your starting point to write your sentence outline from is called a __________ __________ outline.

a. Rough Draft or

b. First Draft

 

Feedback:

a. A rough draft is an initial form of your speech.

b. A first draft is an initial form of your speech.

 

 

21. The best way to arouse audience interest in the subject matter of your speech is to show clearly how the topic relates to them personally.

 

a. True

b. False

 

Feedback:

a. It is always important to link the audience’s personal interest to the topic of your speech; thus audience analysis is key.

b. Try again.

 

22. One function of an introduction of a persuasive speech is to call the audience to action.

a. True

b. False

 

Feedback:

a. Try again.

b. This would be putting the cart before the horse. The five functions of an introduction to a speech are to (1) gain and maintain audience attention, (2) arouse audience interest in the topic, (3) state the purpose of the speech, (4) describe the speaker’s qualifications, and (5) preview the organization and development of the speech.

 

 

23. The main idea behind a bibliography is to state a plan of action for the audience to take after the speech.

 

a. True

b. False

 

Feedback:

a. Try again.

b. The principle purpose of the bibliography is to inform others of what sources you used in your speech and thus allow them to check those sources for themselves.

 

More Questions from Students...

What are three parts of the speech making process?
Understand the assignment.
Develop your speech content.
Organize your speech.
Word your speech.
Practice your speech.
Deliver your speech.
Evaluate your speech.

What is one of the main purposes of a speech?
To inform To persuade To entertain

Which of the below is a good place to look for information on the internet?

A. "Because We Were Bored.com"
B. "libraryofcongress.com"
C. "members.aol.com/SNLandshark/home.html"
D. "www.juno.com/swinger/history/martinluther.htm"

 

1) When brainstorming, it's all about:
a-quantity b-quality c-quantity not quality d-quality not quantity the answer is C

2) When picking a topic, you should: a-analyze, then select b-pick the first thing that comes to your mind c-do what your friends suggest d-go with you first choice and don't look back e-none of the above

The correct answer is A

3) Which of these is NOT a good resource for an informative speech:

a-magazines b-T.V. c-Books d-Interviews e-They are all good resources

The correct answer is E

1. All of these are vocal aspects of delivery except?

A. rate B. variety C. facial expressions D. pitch

answer: C

2. In the introduction of your speech you gain what from your audience?

A. rapport B. attention C. momentum D. reaction

answer: B

3. Testimony, statistics, examples and what are all part of supporting material?

A. Pleas B. Narratives C. Gossip D. Cotton

answer: B

Short answer question: What makes an informative speech different from other type of speeches?

1. What are three types of organizational patterns? Chronological, Topical, and Spacial

2. What is the most common organizational pattern for public speeches? Topical

3. What is a statement connecting one thought to another? transition

What are the four major types of supports? (testimony, statistics, narratives, and examples)

What are examples of connectives? (brakelight, sign posts, and transitions)

What should not be in the intro of a speech?
a. attention getter

b. tie to audience

**c. subpoints

d. preview statement

What shouldn't be said in the conclusion?
a. In conclusion..

**b. that's it

c. To conclude..

d. I hope you learned...

 

What are the three main components in a speech?
*Introduction, Body, Conclusion

 

Which of the following are support materials?
a) narratives b) statistics c) visual aids d)* a and b only

Which is the mode of delivery we used on our informative speech?
a) impromptu b)* extemporaneous c) manuscript d) memorized

What would be a good number of main points in a speech?
a) 1 b)* 3 c) 6 d) none of the above

Which one of these would you not find in the introduction?
a) an attention grabber. b) preview of what you will discuss. c) break light before going the next section. d) explaining why you're credible.

Which of these is the correct definition for signposts?
a) What you expect to achieve by the end of your speech. b) A forewarning of the audience that the end of the speech is near. c) Ways in which a speaker signals to an audience where the speech is going. d) A bridge between sections of a speech.

Which one is not a vocal aspect of delivering a speech?
a.pitch b.pauses c.volume *d.range

When do you cite your sources?
A)In the text of your speech B) In the bibliography C) Oral footnote D) *** All the above

In the introduction of a speech you need?
A)Attention brakelight B) **Credibility statement C) Memorable ending D) Main Points of speech

Which one of the following is NOT an organizational pattern?
A)Spatial/Relations organization B)Time-sequence organization C)Comparison/Abstract organization D)Cause/Effect organization E)Problem/Solution organization

 

Which of the following is not part of the Introduction?
A)Attention Material B)Brakelight C)Tie to Audience D)Credibility Material

What does the introduction, the body and the conclusion tell the audience?
Intro: Waht they are going to tell you Body: What they tell you Conclusion: Tell what you told them

 

Which one is not correct to prepare an imformative speech, you should know the
a. intent and the goal of it b. kinds of topics that best lend themselves to it c. people you are going to inform the speech

 

What is a thesis?
- sentence which summarizes your entire speech

A type of visual aid is... a) a poster board with info on it b) a video tape c) a picture d) all of the above

Examples, Surveys, and Statistics are types of what?
**a. Supporting Materials b. Resources c. Personal Experiences d. Celebrity Testimony

 What one of the following is not a function of an introduction?
A. Gain and maintain audience attention. B. Arouse audience interest in your topic. c. support main points. D. State the purpose of your speech. E. Establish your qualifications for speaking on the topic. F. Forecast the development and organization of your speech.

What is the written plan that uses symbols, margins, and content to reveal the order, importance, and substance or your speech?
A. Body B. rough draft C. Outline D. Brakelight function

Which of the following is NOT a type of support material?
a) testimony b) narratives c) inferences d) statistics

Which is the best for topic selection?
a)random selection b)brain storming c)interest in the topic

A thesis statement is... a.
a fragment reviewing what you said b. a complete sentence summarizing your speech c. An I feel phrase 2. How many points should the body of a speech have? a. 7-10 b. 1-2 c. 2-5 3. T/F Eye contact isn't important.

What is a good way to gain your audience's attention?
A. Wear clothes that relate to your speech B. Start off with sight or sound C. Present a brief quotation D. State Striking facts ot statistics E. All of the above. ***

 

Which visual aid would be a good exhibit in a speech about dogs?
a. A short showing of the dog in the room. b. Having the dog in the room during the entire speech so they can monitor its actions.  c. Having a few pictures passes out of during the the speech.  d. wearing a collar yourself.

The type of organizational pattern associated with categories is?
a) Chronological b) Topical c) Spatial

The key ideas to a visual aid being effective are?
a) simplicity b) visibility c) layout d) all of the above answers: 1.=c, 2=b, 3=d.

What are some examples of visual aids? a. object b. model c. map *d. all of the above

When using visual aids, you should always
a)pass them around while you are speaking b)use black and white posters only c)look at your visual aid while speaking *d)keep it simple

What is important to have between each main point in a speech?
a. information b. group discussion c. TRANSITIONS d. drink of water

What three things may be used to support a main point in an outline?
a. STORY, HARD FACT, TESTIMONY b. narrative, compliment, example c. fact, example, silly story d. none of the above