Precis Writing

Which of these is not a type of precis?

  • Precis of speech
  • Precis of correspondence
  • Tables
  • Telegraphese

Which of the following is NOT a rule of precis writing?

  • Always have a heading
  • Use as extensive vocabulary as possible
  • Remove any irrelevant information present in the original passage
  • Do not use any short forms or abbreviations

A precis should be written in third person.

  • True
  • False

Which of these should be avoided in a precis?

  • Imagery
  • Verbs
  • Pronouns
  • Indirect speech

in a speech must be avoided in a summary.

  • Facts
  • Ideas
  • Repetitions
  • Verbs

Which of these is not included in precis of continuous matter?

  • Parliamentary reports
  • Correspondence
  • Reports of evidence
  • Articles

The date of the passage must not be given in precis of continuous matter.

  • True
  • False

Which of these is also known as abstract?

  • Index precis
  • Narrative precis
  • Precis of speech
  • Telegraphese

Index precis is also known as       

  • docket
  • telegraphese
  • narrative precis
  • precis of speech

How must the date be written in an index precis?

  • November 15, 2004
  • 15 November, 2004
  • 2004, November 15
  • November 2004, 15

What is the purpose of writing a Precis

  • Summarize a text
  • Analyze a text
  • Write a text
  • Identify a text

What are the three appeals to use in a precis?

  • Humor, Laughter, Sarcasm
  • Logic, Emotion, Credential
  • Credo, Terminus, Elegy
  • Ethos, Logos, Pathos

The phrase “in order to” is used to help explain the authors position regarding what?

  • Purpose
  • Claim
  • Audience
  • Support

How many sentences are in a Precis?

  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6

When writing a precis, what should be in quotation marks

  • Author’s name?
  • Publishing House
  • Year
  • Title

The claim must be

  • An arguable statement
  • A complete sentence
  • Written from your perspective
  • Clear to the audience

When proving support for your precis, you should include how many rhetorical devices?

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4

The following are all examples of a rhetorical device except?

  • Definition
  • Rubric
  • Enumeration
  • Compare and Contrast

Which of the following is an example of tone?

  • Opinion
  • Laughter
  • Courageous
  • Explanation

Another word for the claim is

  • Explain
  • Interrogate
  • Argument
  • Device lead written for so as to be easily understood by as many people as possible should be
  • 18-20 words.
  • b). 20-35 words.
  • 35-30 words.
  • 30-45 words.

Which of the following should a summary news lead NOT try to do

  • Provide the most important information.
  • Stress what is unusual or interesting.
  • Convey the most recent information.
  • Lure readers in to reading a story they are not interested in.

A blind lead is one that

  • withholds some facts so the reporter can focus on the most important ones.
  • was written by a visually impaired reporter.
  • blindly includes facts about the story.
  • obscures interesting information as a duck blind obscures hunters.

Leads often omit the names of the people involved in news stories because

  • no one will care who is involved.
  • their identities are less important than what happened to them.
  • ethical journalists always omit the names of people involved in news events.
  • the names are best left to the last paragraph of the story.

Good news leads are usually structured so as to use

  • passive-voice verbs.
  • subject-verb-object word order.
  • long introductory clauses.
  • multiple prepositional phrases.

The best verbs for leads are

  • some form of the verb “to be.”
  • passive-voice verbs.
  • compound verbs.
  • active-voice verbs.

Summary news leads often stress the unusual aspects of a story because

  • news” is, by definition, something that deviates from the usual.
  • editors find it easier to write headlines for such stories.
  • editors find it easier to sensationalize such stories.
  • none of the other choices.

One generally accepted way reporters keep a news lead objective is to

  • attribute opinions stated by others.
  • avoid covering controversial stories.
  • include as many adjectives and adverbs as possible.
  • make sure the reader knows what their opinion is.

Which of the following is NOT one of the reasons news leads generally should not start with the attribution

  • Names and titles are dull.
  • Always starting with the attribution makes all leads sound the same.
  • Readers are not going to care who said what.
  • The source of the statement is usually not the most important information.

A lead that emphasizes the time or place at which a story occurred is called

  • a summary news lead.
  • a basic news lead.
  • a label lead.
  • an agenda lead.

A lead that mentions a topic but fails to reveal what was said or done about is called

  • a summary news lead.
  • a label lead.
  • an alternative news lead.
  • an agenda lead.

Which of the following is NOT among the things lead writers should avoid doing?

  • State the news as concisely as possible.
  • Include facts that are obvious or routine.
  • Emphasize what did not happen.
  • Exaggerate the facts to make them more interesting.

Which of the following is among the things lead writers should avoid doing?

  • Omit facts that are obvious or emphasizing what is routine.
  • Stress what is unusual about an event or situation.
  • Exaggerate the facts to make them more interesting.
  • State the news as succinctly as possible.

What is the problem with the following lead? “The school board adopted new regulations Tuesday

  • that will affect all students and parents.”
  • It is too specific and should be more general.
  • It lacks attribution.
  • It is too general and lacks specific details.
  • It should use present tense verbs.

Which of the following is one of the things a reporter should strive for in writing a lead?

  • Write an “agenda” lead.
  • Use lists in the lead.
  • Emphasize the magnitude of the story.
  • Emphasize what did not happen.