Public Speaking MCQs

Public Speaking MCQs

These Public Speaking multiple-choice questions and their answers will help you strengthen your grip on the subject of Public Speaking. You can prepare for an upcoming exam or job interview with these Public Speaking MCQs.
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1: Which of these should you focus on before a speech?

A.   Pronunciation

B.   All of these

C.   Pace

D.   Inflection

2: When public speaking, what is the generally accepted number of points you should focus on?

A.   5

B.   3

C.   10

D.   1

3: It is always appropriate to use hand gestures while speaking

A.   False

B.   True

4: Which visual cue is critical to engaging your audience?

A.   Standing extremely far from your audience

B.   Standing or sitting upright, head up and confident

C.   Making glaring eye contact

D.   Clean, professional attire matching the same dress code as the client

5: True or false? With enough practice and experience, stage fright will disappear entirely.

A.   False

B.   True

6: Which is NOT important for effective communication with your audience?

A.   motivation

B.   memorization

C.   attention

D.   retention

7: If the microphone is malfunctioning, what should you do?

A.   Pause a moment only, then continue in a louder voice if at all possible.

B.   Stop and wait for a sound technician to fix it.

C.   Make a knowing remark to the audience.

D.   Begin shouting from where you left off.

8: True or False? When making a presentation, it's best to read the text on your slides so you don't get off track

A.   True

B.   False

9: True/False When you are reading a direct quote from a source, it's okay to break eye contact with your audience until you have completed reading them the quote.

A.   True

B.   False

10: Which of these should you avoid?

A.   Pacing across the stage

B.   Getting visibly relaxed and comfortable in front of your audience

C.   Backing up your points with stories

D.   Using as many words as possible when making your point to prove you know what you are talking about

11: Which of the following is best practice for memorization?

A.   Memorize everything, and bring a copy with you just in case.

B.   Look at the speech once or twice before delivering it in public.

C.   Adequately familiarize yourself with the speech, and refer to your copy as needed.

D.   It's more professional and less distracting to memorize everything and leave the printed copy elsewhere.

12: Who should be responsible of knowing how the equipment works?

A.   The audience

B.   You

C.   Technical support

D.   You and any technical support

13: True or False? You should stay put whilst you are making a speech.

A.   False

B.   True

14: The first step in structuring a speech should be

A.   determining your main points

B.   writing out the body of the speech

C.   arranging main point in the most effective order

D.   writing out the introduction

15: The topic of your speech should be:

A.   Of interest to you

B.   Something that bores you

C.   Of interest to the audience but not you

D.   Something that you have never spoken about

16: Who should you practice your speech with?

A.   Friends

B.   Family

C.   Anyone

D.   Strangers

17: When should you introduce props to the audience?

A.   Never use props

B.   All at once in the middle of the speech

C.   Throughout the speech, not all at once.

18: True or False? It is better to memorize your speech word for word.

A.   True

B.   False

19: Before a speech, you should:

A.   Drink milk to calm down

B.   Talk on a full stomach

C.   Wait a few minutes after being introduced

D.   Know the equipment you will be using

20: Which of these is optimal?

A.   A concise, clear speech delivered fairly quickly.

B.   A lengthy speech delivered at a relaxed pace.

C.   A fast, information-packed speech delivered fairly quickly.

D.   A concise, clear speech at a relaxed pace.

21: A chronological speech design ________.

A.   tells histories alone

B.   is only used in a legal setting

C.   moves from event to event

D.   uses space as a tool

A.   Reading every word of your presentation from your notes

B.   Writing/typing notes with very large font

C.   Writing down hints like "pause" or "change slide"

D.   Speaking slowly

23: When speaking publicly you should:

A.   Speak from the diaphragm to project your voice

B.   Always be serious; never tell a joke

C.   Read directly from your prepared remarks

D.   Speak quickly

E.   Speak quietly; the microphone will amplify your voice

24: Which of these are a main goal of the opening segment of your presentation?

A.   Break the audience's attention from their preoccupations

B.   All of these

C.   Give a hint as to the direction of your speech

D.   Give the audience a clear reason how they will benefit from listening to you

25: What should you do just before speaking publicly?

A.   Take a walk to center yourself and meditate.

B.   Take a shot - espresso or vodka.

C.   Stay hydrated, keep positive and excited, relax.

D.   Pretend there is nothing out of the ordinary; it's a walk in the park.

26: True or False? You should repeat what you said earlier in your speech as a closing to your speech.

A.   False

B.   True

27: True/False: If you are shy of direct eye contact, you can increase your confidence when speaking to someone by looking directly at the bridge of their nose (between the eyes), when you are speaking to them.

A.   True

B.   False

28: How should your posture be when public speaking?

A.   Whatever is most comfortable

B.   Slouchy

C.   Leaning on something for support

D.   Tall and strong

29: To fight anxiety during a speech, you should:

A.   Sit down

B.   End the speech

C.   Focus on your anxiety problems

D.   None of these

30: Many great public speakers suffer from nerves.

A.   False

B.   True

31: Why are diction and enunciation important?

A.   For the clarity of your presentation.

B.   If your audience is older or hard of hearing.

C.   To attract attention to your presentation.

D.   To spit on the audience.

32: True or False? It is not okay to use offensive language even if you know your audience.

A.   False

B.   True

33: Stage fright diminishes with practice and experience.

A.   False

B.   True

34: True or False? Filler words should be withheld from presentations, including "Umm", "Like" or "Uh"

A.   True

B.   False

35: How can stage fright be a good thing?

A.   It causes you to sweat, keeping you cool.

B.   It increases stimulation and is necessary to get you in the 'zone.'

C.   If you get very nervous, it is a good indicator that public speaking is not for you.

D.   Nerves make you speak faster, so you can communicate more information.

36: Which part of your speech should be the strongest?

A.   End

B.   Beginning and end

C.   Middle

37: What is one thing you want your audience to be able to do after your speech?

A.   Remember what you look like

B.   Remember where you're from

C.   Sum up the take-away message

D.   Be able to recite most of your speech

38: True or False? Using visuals is a distraction for the audience.

A.   False

B.   True

39: You should have a 'target' audience member in mind when writing and performing your speech.

A.   True

B.   False

40: True or False? You should focus eye contact on one person.

A.   False

B.   True

41: How should you prepare the day before a public speaking engagement?

A.   Write the whole speech, sleep or no. It'll be fresher in your mind.

B.   Laze around all day, eat junk food, and relax.

C.   Eat well, exercise, and get a good night's sleep.

D.   Engage in strenous activity and really tire yourself out for the night.

42: What should you do if you can't answer a question?

A.   It's better to make up an answer than not answer

B.   Try to break it down and subtly shift the topic of the question to something you can answer

C.   Say ' That's a good question!', telling them that you honestly don't know the answer and you will try get back to them.

D.   Pretend you didn't hear the question and move on.

43: Which of these is the best option to calm down during your speech?

A.   Taking a sip of water

B.   Taking a deep breath

C.   Walking around a bit

D.   All of these

44: Which of these are a useful method for becoming a better and more credible public speaker?

A.   Fitting more jokes into your presentation

B.   Make sure to drink plenty of coffee so you are alert for your presentation

C.   Gathering and analyzing information about your audience

D.   Speaking more quickly to get your point across quickly

45: What is the best way to improve your public speaking?

A.   Watch great speakers and take note.

B.   Rehearse things repeatedly while going to sleep.

C.   Drink caffeine or take a Xanax before you speak.

D.   Practice - at home, in the mirror, with friends, in front of an audience.

46: True or False? You should repeat questions when asked by someone in the audience so that everyone knows what question you are answering.

A.   True

B.   False

47: What is the best way to feel confident in public speaking?

A.   Knowing your surroundings

B.   Talking really fast

C.   Not looking up at the audience and focusing on your index cards or the screen

D.   Drinking alcohol beforehand

48: How much preparation time should a speech take?

A.   Couple of hours

B.   Until you feel absolutely confident

C.   1 day

D.   1 week

49: What should you do if you are momentarily overwhelmed, for example, by coughing or emotion?

A.   Just leave - it's too much to take.

B.   Pause, breath, and take a drink. Then continue.

C.   Leave the stage, take a breather, and come right back.

D.   Just push through - it's almost over.

50: Faster is better.

A.   True

B.   False