Professional Writing MCQ


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Professional Writing is designed to provide adult learners with the basic skills they need to write effective documents in the workplace. In this course, you will learn how to analyze your audience so that you can write prose that is both clear and persuasive. You will practice writing common business documents, such as emails, memos, proposals, and presentations. You will also learn how to effectively edit these documents for maximum impact.

This course is part of the Professional Development Program (PRDV), which is designed especially for adult learners who are ready to gain and apply skills demanded by todays employers.

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Question: A professional document should be organized around which of the following?


An outline

A thesis statement or main point

A five-paragraph structure

An emotional appeal

Question: Which of the following is an example of an error that commonly occurs when adapting an existing document, such as a cover letter, for a new audience?


A tone inappropriate for the audience

Information intended for a different audience

Typographical errors

All of these answers

Question: Before you begin writing for a business context, what is the first thing you should do?



Identify your audience

Research your topic

Choose your format or "genre"

Question: Which of the following is an effective proofreading technique?


Ignore the content and focus on mechanics.

Read your paper out loud and slowly.

Read your paper backwards, beginning with the final sentence.

All of these answers

Question: What is the primary purpose of most professional documents?


To convey information in a formal manner

To avoid controversy

To motivate readers to do something

To be as brief as possible

Question: As a writer, what technique(s) can you use to motivate your readers?


Establish your credibility

Write a logical argument

Write about issues that are timely and relevant

All of these answers

Question: Which of the following is an example of an effective sentence pattern?


Consistently short, clear sentences

A sentence in which the subject and verb are close together near the beginning of the sentence

Variation between longer and shorter sentences, to avoid choppiness

Sentences with a consistently professional tone

Question: Which of the following formats require(s) a professional writing style?





All of these answers

Question: Which of the following are places where you want to maintain professionalism?




Business memo

All of these answers

Question: How does a paragraph function to support your thesis?


By reinforcing your main point

Through clear organization

By containing concise sentences

All of these answers

Question: What is the primary reason to conduct audience research before you begin writing a professional message?


So you can craft a message that will be perceived as meaningful to them

Conducting audience research is a key recommendation in the "Business Communication for Success" textbook.

To give yourself extra time so that you avoid writing a message while you are angry

To ensure that you don't miss an important recipient

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Source:  Mary Morley Cohen, PhD. Professional Writing. The Saylor Academy 2014,
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