Book Writing Skills MCQs

Book Writing Skills MCQs

The following Book Writing Skills MCQs have been compiled by our experts through research, in order to test your knowledge of the subject of Book Writing Skills. We encourage you to answer these 40 multiple-choice questions to assess your proficiency.
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1: In academic non-fiction, the ____________________ at the end of the book helps readers continue their study of the subject by directing them to similar works.

A.   glossary

B.   index

C.   afterword

D.   bibliography and works cited pages 

2: What is "objective truth" as opposed to "subjective truth"?

A.   Subjective truth is independently verifiable, whereas objective truth is dependent on a limited point of view.

B.   Objective truth is independently verifiable whereas subjective truth is dependent on a limited point of view.

C.   They are both the same.

D.   Objective truth is dependent on subjective truth.

E.   Objective truth involves two people, while subjective truth involves only one. 

3: The following sentences denote the same word belonging to different parts of a speech according to the way in which they are used. Choose the correct option that illustrates their use.
Sentence 1: More of us die in bed than out of it.
Sentence 2: You should talk less and work more.

A.   The word is used as an adverb in sentence 1 and as an adjective in sentence 2.

B.   The word is used as a pronoun in sentence 1 and as an adverb in sentence 2.

C.   The word is used as a preposition in sentence 1 and as an adverb in sentence 2.

D.   The word is used as an adjective in sentence 1 and as a noun in sentence 2.

E.   The word is used as an adjective in sentence 1 and as an adverb in sentence 2. 

4: In Microsoft Word 2010, "Keep lines together" paragraph formatting

A.   works well for paragraphs within a table if "Allow row to break across pages" is also selected.

B.   automatically enables the text rows to break across pages.

C.   does not work for paragraphs within a table if "Allow row to break across pages" is also selected.

D.   always works for paragraphs within a table.

5: When you apply a theme to a Microsoft Word 2010 document, all the tables, charts, SmartArt graphics, shapes, and other objects are updated to complement one another.

A.   True

B.   False 

6: Choose the error in the following sentence.
Many things have happened once I left school.

A.   Incorrect use of tense

B.   Incorrect use of pronoun

C.   Incorrect use of adverb

D.   Incorrect use of conjunction

E.   Incorrect use of preposition 

7: Josh is to create a technical write-up comprising short paragraphs with double line spacing. Each paragraph is to be separated from the other by a single line space. He writes a paragraph, selects the text, points to Line Spacing on the paragraph toolbar and sets it to 2.0. He gets the paragraph double spaced. The moment he clicks enter to start a new paragraph, it automatically gets double spaced. How can Josh achieve paragraphs separated by single line spaces from each other within the document?

A.   He sets the Line Spacing on the formatting toolbar to 1.0.

B.   He selects the double-spaced paragraphs and clicks on Paragraph.Then under Indents and Spacing, he sets the Spacing "Before" and "After" options to zero.

C.   He uses the Shift and Enter keys at the same time to create a new paragraph.

D.   He selects the double-spaced paragraphs and clicks on Paragraph. Then under Indents and Spacing, he sets the Spacing

8: Why are short stories sometimes more challenging than novels for writers to write?

A.   Readers expect more from short stories.

B.   The characters and plot must be introduced and developed quickly rather than over a period of time.

C.   Short stories have more characters.

D.   All of the above

E.   None of the above 

9: The term "stream of consciousness" refers to ______________.

A.   the mind of the author

B.   the author's desire to keep writing and ward off writer's block

C.   a stream that has a mind of its own

D.   a style of writing in which the author records in a continuous manner - and often with reduced punctuation and less attention to grammatical forms - the procession of random thoughts that passes through his or her mind 

10: Which of the following statements best illustrates the primary purpose of writing dialogue?

A.   Dialogue shares information by narrating the story.

B.   Dialogue is less important than other aspects of story-telling such as setting, theme, and characterization.

C.   Dialogue propels the plot forward through a character's actions rather than through his words.

D.   Dialogue reflects the speaking voice of the character.

11: The following sentences denote the same word belonging to different parts of a speech according to the way in which they are used. Choose the correct option that illustrates their use.
Sentence 1: You cannot have it both ways.
Sentence 2: Both the cashier and the accountant were late.

A.   The word is used as an adverb in sentence 1 and as an adjective in sentence 2.

B.   The word is used as a pronoun in sentence 1 and as an adjective in sentence 2.

C.   The word is used as a preposition in sentence 1 and as a pronoun in sentence 2.

D.   The word is used as an adjective in sentence 1 and as a conjunction in sentence 2.

E.   The word is used as an adverb in sentence 1 and as a conjunction in sentence 2. 

12: The following sentences denote the same word belonging to different parts of a speech according to the way in which they are used. Choose the correct option that illustrates their use.
Sentence 1: They are men of like build and stature.
Sentence 2: We shall not see his like again.

A.   The word is used as an adverb in sentence 1 and as a preposition in sentence 2.

B.   The word is used as a pronoun in sentence 1 and as an adverb in sentence 2.

C.   The word is used as a conjunction in sentence 1 and as an adverb in sentence 2.

D.   The word is used as an adverb in sentence 1 and as a pronoun in sentence 2.

E.   The word is used as an adjective in sentence 1 and as a noun in sentence 2. 

13: Anna selects a paragraph in a Microsoft Word 2010 file. On the horizontal ruler, she drags the Hanging Indent marker to the left. What will happen?

A.   The whole paragraph will get indented to the left.

B.   The first line will get indented to the left.

C.   All but the first line will get indented to the left. 

14: In fiction writing, "setting" refers to ___________.

A.   the tone in which the author writes the story

B.   the time, place, and circumstances of the story

C.   how the story is typeset on the page

D.   the time at which the story takes place, but not the specific place 

15: What is "bias"?

A.   The similarity between ideas

B.   The negative feeling between two ideas in a work of journalistic non-fiction

C.   The specific tone of a work, or specific voice of the writer

D.   When an author prejudices the reader in favour of one side of a subject by not covering the topic fairly

16: He once met me in Cairo; I have not seen him since.
The underlined word is an example of which of the following?

A.   Irregular verb

B.   Participle

C.   Auxiliary

D.   Adverb of time

E.   Modal

17: Which of the following is a diagram drawing software application used to draw diagrams like flowcharts?

A.   Visio

B.   Microsoft Project

C.   Photoshop

D.   Flash

E.   Oracle 

18: The following sentences denote the same word belonging to different parts of a speech according to the way in which they are used. Choose the correct option that illustrates their use.
Sentence 1: Since that day, I have not seen him.
Sentence 2: Since there is no help, let us finish these ourselves.

A.   The word is used as a preposition in sentence 1 and as an adverb in sentence 2.

B.   The word is used as a preposition in sentence 1 and as a conjunction in sentence 2.

C.   The word is used as a conjunction in sentence 1 and as a preposition in sentence 2.

D.   The word is used as an adjective in sentence 1 and as a pronoun in sentence 2.

E.   The word is used as a noun in sentence 1 and as an adverb in sentence 2. 

19: A fiction writer cannot successfully write non-fiction as well.

A.   True

B.   False 

20: What are screen shots?

A.   Graphics of computer screens that are captured to be inserted in a technical document

B.   Pictures that are downloaded from the Internet and inserted in a document, for instance, to help illustrate the instruction manual

C.   Graphics that are created by a designer as an illustrated step-by-step manual

D.   All of the above 

21: Which is the standard language used to create Web pages?

A.   JavaScript

B.   Hypertext Markup Language (HTML)

C.   C

D.   C++ 

22: Which of the following best defines RoboHELP?

A.   It is an operating system.

B.   It is an application software that helps create "computer help files" in various formats.

C.   It is a software that assists amateurs in technical writing.

D.   It is a utility software that helps design graphics.

E.   It is a flowcharting tool. 

23: What view must be used when inserting a subdocument?

A.   Print Layout

B.   Web Layout

C.   Outline

D.   Full Screen Reading 

24: Which of the following are Help Authoring Software?

A.   Microsoft HTML Help

B.   RoboHelp HTML

C.   Made-to-Help

D.   HTML Help 

25: The following sentences denote the same word belonging to different parts of a speech according to the way in which they are used. Choose the correct option that illustrates their use.
Sentence 1: You are paying less attention to your studies than you used to.
Sentence 2: He is demanding for his loss. He would not be satisfied with less.

A.   The word is used as an adjective in sentence 1 and as a pronoun in sentence 2.

B.   The word is used as a pronoun in sentence 1 and as an adjective in sentence 2.

C.   The word is used as a preposition in sentence 1 and as an adverb in sentence 2.

D.   The word is used as an adverb in sentence 1 and as a pronoun in sentence 2.

E.   The word is used as an adjective in sentence 1 and as a noun in sentence 2. 

26: In fiction writing, a "caricature" is ______________ .

A.   a character from the past

B.   a character who is larger than life

C.   a character whose behavior or mannerisms are exaggerated for comic relief, as in a visual cartoon

D.   a drawing of the main character 

27: What is an "analogy"?

A.   The opposite of what is stated, often with ironic effect

B.   Composite word for a postscript, glossary, index or bibliography

C.   A comparison of two similar ideas or objects to make a point about the first one; a kind of comparative example

D.   The repetition of beginning consonant and vowel sounds in a line of poetry 

28: To select vertical blocks of text, you would hold down which key while dragging the mouse?

A.   Alt

B.   Ctrl

C.   Shift 

29: Regarding the inclusion of creative expression in non-fiction writing, which of the following statements is most true?

A.   Non-fiction writing should always be factually verifiable, but that does not preclude creative style or expression as long as the creative expression serves an overall purpose of conveying facts, information and learning.

B.   Non-fiction is required to be only 75% truthful; the remainder can be given over to creative expression.

C.   Non-fiction should always aim to be as creative and imaginative as fiction, occasionally at the cost of verifiable truth.

D.   None of the above 

30: What is the difference between a closed plot and an open plot?

A.   An open plot involves marriage at the end, while a closed plot involves murder.

B.   An open plot is one in which conflict is resolved at the end, while a closed plot is one in which conflict is not resolved.

C.   A closed plot is one in which conflict is resolved at the end, while an open plot is one in which conflict is not resolved.

D.   There is no difference between an open and closed plot.  

31: A PDF file can be viewed if ____________ is installed.

A.   Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2003

B.   Adobe Acrobat Reader

C.   Macromedia Flash MX

D.   WinRAR Archiver 

32: Choose the error in the following sentence.
She was greatly afflicted in the loss of her only child.

A.   Incorrect use of pronoun

B.   Incorrect use of adverb

C.   Incorrect use of interjection

D.   Incorrect use of participle

E.   Incorrect use of preposition 

33: The following sentences denote the same word belonging to different parts of a speech according to the way in which they are used. Choose the correct option that illustrates their use.
Sentence 1: I want neither poverty nor riches.
Sentence 2: It is difficult to negotiate where neither will trust.

A.   The word is used as a conjunction in sentence 1 and as a pronoun in sentence 2.

B.   The word is used as a conjunction in sentence 1 and as a noun in sentence 2.

C.   The word is used as an adjective in sentence 1 and as a conjunction in sentence 2.

D.   The word is used as a pronoun in sentence 1 and as an adjective in sentence 2.

E.   The word is used as an adverb in sentence 1 and as a pronoun in sentence 2. 

34: In fiction writing, a "foil" is ______________.

A.   the fundamental and usually universal concept expressed through the story

B.   the protagonist

C.   the hurried dialogue between two characters that expresses frustration or unhappiness

D.   the antagonist

E.   a character who calls attention, by contrast, to the good qualities or traits of the protagonist or other characters 

35: A college business paper would typically be considered an example of _______________

A.   creative non-fiction

B.   fiction

C.   creative design

D.   non-fiction

36: Microsoft Word 2010 has enabled ligatures for which of the following fonts?

A.   Open Type fonts

B.   True Type fonts 

37: As a writer, what do you do when you create a macro?

A.   You create a shortcut for performing repetitive tasks in a program.

B.   You work on several files at the same time.

C.   You download software from the Internet that helps organize tasks.

D.   You break up work tasks into manageable parts.

E.   You combine small sub-tasks into a macro-task. 

38: In fiction writing, the term "persona" refers to ________________.

A.   a person in the story who has morphed into multiple people

B.   the moment at which a character takes the action very personally

C.   the entire cast of characters

D.   the voice adopted by the author to tell the story, which may or may not be like the real author's voice

39: Applying a theme to your document affects all content except tables.

A.   True

B.   False 

40: Which of the following best describes creative non-fiction?

A.   Non-fiction with some fictional elements, such as invented dialogue

B.   Non-fiction told like a short story or written like a novel

C.   Non-fiction stories written in the form of poems or plays

D.   None of the above

E.   All of the above 

41: The following sentences denote the same word belonging to different parts of a speech according to the way in which they are used. Choose the correct option that illustrates their use.
Sentence 1: Shall we look anywhere else?
Sentence 2: Make haste, else, you will miss the train.

A.   The word is used as an adverb in sentence 1 and as a pronoun in sentence 2.

B.   The word is used as an adjective in sentence 1 and as a conjunction in sentence 2.

C.   The word is used as a conjunction in sentence 1 and as an adjective in sentence 2.

D.   The word is used as an adjective in sentence 1 and as an adverb in sentence 2.

E.   The word is used as an adverb in sentence 1 and as a noun in sentence 2 

42: How is a biography different from a memoir?

A.   Biographies are more detailed than memoirs and require names and dates to be provided.

B.   A memoir is fiction, while a biography is non-fiction.

C.   A memoir is written by the author about him or herself, while a biography is written by an author about someone else.

D.   A biography is meant for personal use, while a memoir is meant to be published.

E.   There is no real difference between the two. 

43: The following sentences denote the same word belonging to different parts of a speech according to the way in which they are used. Choose the correct option that illustrates their use.
Sentence 1: They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins.
Sentence 2: There is something pleasing about him.

A.   The word is used as an adverb in sentence 1 and as a noun in sentence 2.

B.   The word is used as a preposition in sentence 1 and as an adverb in sentence 2.

C.   The word is used as an adverb in sentence 1 and as a preposition in sentence 2.

D.   The word is used as a proverb in sentence 1 and as a pronoun in sentence 2.

E.   The word is used as a conjunction in sentence 1 and as a preposition in sentence 2 

44: In the following sentence, which word denotes an auxiliary verb?
Oh, do come to the wedding! It is going to be such fun.

A.   do

B.   come

C.   going

D.   fun

E.   None of the above

45: In fiction writing, "foreshadowing" is a term for __________________.

A.   the shadows that lurk in the back of a character's mind

B.   the clues in the narrative that give an indication of or preempt the future plot or story

C.   the tying up of all loose ends at the end of the story

D.   the rebels in a gothic horror story

E.   None of the above 

46: What is a "rhetorical question"?

A.   A question that doesn't require an answer

B.   A question that contains a riddle

C.   A question that demands to be answered as quickly as possible

D.   A question that contains an argument

E.   A question with two different answers