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Com 285 Final Exam
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1) Susan Rojas is applying for a position in the marketing department of a local corporation. Although
Greg Ellis is the director of this department, she has been instructed to send her resume and other
documents to Jeff Cohen, manager of the human resources department. Jeff screens all applications
before sending those of qualified candidates on to appropriate department heads. Jeff is:
A. an auxiliary audience
B. the primary audience
C. a gatekeeper
D. a watchdog
2) An oral message is preferable to a written one when you want to:
A. resolve conflicts and build consensus.
B. minimize undesirable emotions.
C. present extensive and complex data.
D. present many specific details.
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3) A written business request is answered positively and promptly on the first try. This is an example of a
high level of
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4) For which of the following business messages would it be appropriate to approach the subject
indirectly by leading up to the main point rather than presenting it first?
A. You are e-mailing a copy of a sales report to a colleague who had asked for it.
B. You are asking a subordinate to complete an entry that he had overlooked on his expense report.
C. You are complying with an information request sent to you by the county business license
D. You are letting your staff know that there will be significant downsizing in your department in the
5) A subordinate comes to you because he is upset with treatment he receives from co-workers. A good
first response would be to
A)tell him to solve his own problems.
B)tell him about your problems with the same people.
C)acknowledge his feelings.
D)give him some advice on how to handle the situation.
6) Which of the following would be the BEST way to refuse a customer's request?
A. "Please understand that it is impossible for us to do free repairs for all customers."
B. "If it were up to me I'd repair your washing machine free since your warranty expired just last
month, but my boss won't allow it."
C. "Though your warranty expired in June, as a Dave's Club Card customer you are eligible for a 10%
discount on all repairs."
D. "You claim that your washing machine is under warranty, but our records show that it expired last
7) Crystal agreed to serve on a company's advisory board and now has to contact them to say she
cannot attend a scheduled meeting where she was to be one of several key speakers. What should she
A. Let the company know she cannot not attend and that they will have to make arrangements for
B. Ask the company to cancel the meeting.
C. Offer to send a knowledgeable colleague in her place.
D. Resign from the advisory board before the meeting date.
8) When you are writing subject lines for negative messages to peers and subordinates,
A. do not include the topic in the subject line.
B. put the topic, but not your action on it, in the subject line.
C. put the topic, including your action on it, in the subject line.
D. describe how the problem happened.
9) Which of the following is a negative subject line?
A."Results of Customer Service Survey"
B."Reduction of Travel Benefits"
C."Improving On-Time Performance"
D."Change in Personal Leave Policy"
10) You are a technical writer in a large company who is working on a training manual to help
new users learn the company's computer system. Employees will use your manual
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in training seminars taught by your company's trainers. The manual will also
serve as an on-the-job reference later. Both of the system analysts who
designed the computer system and the trainers will comment on your draft. The
trainers would be classified as what kind of audience for your manual?
11) Which audience has political, social, or economic power; pays close attention to the transaction
between you and the primary audience; and may base future actions on its evaluation of your message?
B. Watchdog audience
C. Secondary audience
D. Auxiliary audience
12) Which of the following groups would be considered an internal audience for a company?
A. Managers in the company’s Human Resources Department
B.Stockholders who have invested in the company
C.State and local agencies that conduct annual health and safety inspections at
D.Three large customers that represent 85% of the company’s annual sales
13) If you are speaking with someone who nods while you are speaking and then brings up points
of disagreement when you are finished, it is likely that your listener
A. nods for no reason at all
B. wants to mislead you
C. agreed with you until the last point you made in the argument
D. was nodding to show that he or she was listening, but was not necessarily agreeing
14) Which of the following audiences would receive an internal document?
A. Your best customers
B. The human resources director
C. The job candidate you wish to hire
D. The CPA who is auditing your company's books
15) Business communication practices in the United States place importance on the written word, and
this indicates that our culture
A. has low-context preferences
B. has high-context preferences
C. is polychromic
D .is monochromic
16) It can be helpful for managers working overseas to have a basic understanding of the religion
observed by workers in that company because
A. then the manager knows when to buy gifts for his or her employees
B. a superior should always seem knowledgeable to his or her employee
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C. an ordinary business day in the United States may be a holiday in another country
D. most international companies insist that managers adopt all the customs of the host country
17) The informational dimension of group interaction looks at
A. who will do what
B. the problem, data, and possible solutions
C. promoting friendliness
D. establishing group loyalty
18) The interpersonal dimension of group interaction focuses on:
19) Positive roles and actions of individuals that help the group achieve its task goals include
A. recognizing the contributions of members
B.disagreeing with everything that is proposed
C. restating major points, pulling ideas together, and summarizing decisions
D. showing group members that they have been heard and that their ideas are being taken seriously
20) Which of the following will help make your business writing easy to read?
B. parallel structure
D.consistent sentence length for all sentences
21) Which of the following sentences that begin a letter is appropriate for contemporary business
A.“Enclosed please find the application forms you requested.”
B.“Pursuant to you request, we are forwarding you the application forms you requested.”
C. “Here are the application forms you requested.”
D.“Your application forms have been enclosed herewith.”
22) Lauren has confirmed flight information, printed directions from the Internet, and spoken with the
human resources department to clarify specific details. She will include this information in a letter to a
job candidate she is inviting for an interview. What part of the writing process does this activity
23) Ben chooses a pattern of organization before he begins a letter. What part of the writing process
does this activity represent?
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24) A sales brochure includes photos and clipart that is strategically placed within the
marketing piece. This is an example of which level of communications professor
Charles Kostelnick’s levels of communication design?
25) Which of the following would be the BEST place to put your most important visual in a newsletter?
A. In the center of the page to indicate that the image is central to the newsletter
B. In the bottom left of the page to emphasize material that appears in the top half
C. Parallel to two or more smaller visuals to create balance
D.In the top left of the page because the top is a position of emphasis
26) Which of the following would be considered illegal if done by an employer?
A. Monitor employee’s telephone calls
B. Monitor employee’s internet activities done on company time
C. Monitor communications using company-issued devices such as cell phones
D. Prohibiting an employee from blogging about the company via his or her own computer at home
27) In abad-news message to subordinates, why is it a good idea to ask readers to suggest solutions to
A.So you will have someone to share the blame with if you are unable to solve the
B.So your subordinates will not blame you for the problem
C.To stall for time, so you can think of a solution on your own
D. Because workers who help make a decision are more likely to accept the consequences
28) In a bad-news message to a superior, you should describe what led to the problem
A.so your superior can see that the problem is not your fault
B. to show that the problem is really your boss's fault because you have not been given adequate
C. so he or she will have adequate information to determine if the solution you are going to propose is
D.to pad the message so it does not upset the superior too much
29) You must explain to a group of
employees the different pension funds they can now choose. You expect the groupto have many
questions because many of them will be retiring within 10 years
and want to maximize their retirement income. You should probably
A. send them each a written package of material and ask them to call if they have
B. give an oral presentation with lots of visuals
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C. send them a package of self-explanatory written material and cover different material at the
D. give them written material to look at ahead of time and go over that materialas part of your
30) Which of the following purposes of an oral presentation is specific in its purpose?
A.“This presentation will cover budget issues.”
B.“This presentation will show that some departments are not managing their
C. “This presentation will explain how to forecast materials needs, estimate costs, and prepare a
comprehensive cost budget.”
D.“This presentation will explain the budgeting process since it is so important
to the success of the company.”
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