Article and Blog writing MCQs

Article and Blog writing MCQs

The following Article and Blog writing MCQs have been compiled by our experts through research, in order to test your knowledge of the subject of Article and Blog writing. We encourage you to answer these multiple-choice questions to assess your proficiency.
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1: Creating an outline is a good way to organize your ideas and research. True or false?

A.   True

B.   False

2: Which of the following is grammatically correct?

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

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

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

D.   The pouring rain didn't fays the marathon runners

3: What information is commonly included in an article's byline?

A.   The author's name and position

B.   The date of publication

C.   The section editor

D.   The location of the events in the article

4: When writing articles, generally from what person perspective should the article be written?

A.   3rd person perspective.

B.   2nd person perspective.

C.   1st person perspective.

5: What is the difference between "further" and "farther"?

A.   Farther is incorrect grammar. Further is always correct.

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

C.   Further is incorrect grammar. Farther is always correct.

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

6: e.g. means ______ and i.e. means ________.

A.   for example; in other words

B.   in other words; for example

C.   for example; for example

D.   in other words; in other words

7: choose the correct statement:

A.   My father's mother is my grandmother.

B.   My farther's mother, is my grandmother

C.   my father's mother is my grandmother.

D.   my fathers mother is my grandmother.

8: Which of the following is true about conducting online research for your article?

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

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

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

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

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

A.   Stick precisely to that guideline

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

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

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

10: In journalism, a "source" is:

A.   A public figure.

B.   A specific person.

C.   An anonymous person.

D.   All of these

11: What type of article focuses on people and their achievements?

A.   Service

B.   Profile

C.   Ghostwritten

D.   Manuscript

12: Which sentence is correct?

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

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

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

A.   Description

B.   Introduction

C.   All of the above

D.   Conclusion

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

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

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

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

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

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

A.   True

B.   False

16: How are most articles structured?

A.   Introduction, argument, conclusion

B.   Introduction, body, argument

C.   Introduction, body, conclusion

D.   Introduction, anecdote, conclusion

17: How can you bring life to your writing?

A.   All of these

B.   Tell stories

C.   Paint pictures

D.   Involve as many senses as possible

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

A.   True

B.   False

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

A.   Funny

B.   Sophisticated

C.   Wordy

D.   Objective

20: Which of the following would be the biggest negative to have in an article?

A.   over-use of adjectives

B.   using lots of big words

C.   spelling and grammar mistakes

D.   cliche words and phrases

21: Which one is the format of MS word document?

A.   .slx

B.   .doc

C.   .msdoc

D.   .msd

E.   .xdoc

22: 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?

A.   True

B.   False

23: Articles should be ____________.

A.   grammatically correct

B.   unique

C.   any one

D.   both grammatically correct and unique

24: The words 'and' and 'but' are examples of what?

A.   Nouns

B.   Verbs

C.   Conjunctions

D.   Adverbs

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

A.   Whom has the right answer?

B.   Whom are you referring to?

C.   Whom is going to the party with her?

D.   Whom will be the one to rescue the princess?

26: Which uses the proper form of "you're" and "your"?

A.   Your really pretty.

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

C.   You're fly is down.

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

27: When writing articles, before you begin you need to know your audience ?

A.   TRUE.


28: How can you strengthen your writing?

A.   Cut excessive use of "of"

B.   Shorten long clauses

C.   Turn comma splices into separate sentences

D.   All of these

29: What’s the best long-term strategy to improve your writing?

A.   Read more

B.   Write more

C.   Read more and write more

D.   Take regular breaks

30: Plagiarism occurs when you:

A.   Use only government sources.

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

C.   Quote someone incorrectly.

D.   Take a photograph without asking.

31: "I" is ___________ person

A.   2nd

B.   1st

C.   3rd

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

A.   False

B.   True

33: How long should an article length be?

A.   500 words

B.   500 characters

C.   It's dependent on the article's context and writer

34: How can you tighten your articles?

A.   Remove qualifying words and phrases

B.   Remove redundant words and phrases

C.   Shorten long sentences

D.   (All of these)

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

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

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

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

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

36: Which is the correct meaning of the word "censor"?

A.   To criticize strongly

B.   An official body that bans parts of a book or film

C.   To make certain that something will happen

37: Which of the following is a benefit of including a story in your article?

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

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

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

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

38: 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.

A.   True

B.   False

39: What is the most neutral way to end a quotation?

A.   "...he argued."

B.   "...he said."

C.   "...he noted."

D.   "...he insisted."

40: What's the best way to handle verb tense within a paragraph?

A.   Never change tenses

B.   You can switch tenses at will

C.   Same tense unless there's a reason to change tenses

41: The classic "inverted pyramid" approach to writing a news article means what?

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

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

C.   Balancing essential information with supporting details throughout the article.

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

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

A.   Add quotations

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

C.   Add adjectives before every noun

D.   Elaborate a few key points

43: Which is the proper use of "affect" and "effect"?

A.   How will this affect me?

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

C.   The affects of the pill are very strong.

D.   Your effection for me is overwheming.

44: Why is a newspaper more likely to be sued for libel than for slander?

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

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

C.   Libel is better defined in US case law.

D.   Slander is no longer illegal in the US.

45: Which of the following options is correct?

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

B.   Apples are healthier for you then bananas.

C.   I like apples better than bananas.

D.   Peanut Butter tastes better on apples then bananas.

46: How does a quote differ from an attribution?

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

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

C.   Quotes and attributions are the same.

D.   An attribution is only used for photographs.

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

A.   An argument

B.   An interview

C.   An explanation

D.   A definition

48: Select the correct sentence.

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

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

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

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

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

A.   Jump

B.   Lead

C.   Bookmark

D.   Fold

50: Which of the following are advantages of the "inverted pyramid" style?

A.   (all of these)

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

C.   Lets the headline writer understand the story quickly.

D.   Presents the most important facts quickly to busy readers.