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Chapter 2 Adaptation and the Selection of Words True/False Questions 1. A good rule is to write so that a person just like you can understand the message. Answer: False Page: 25 Difficulty: Medium Rationale: You should adapt the writing to your readers. Learning Objective: 1 AACSB Standard: 1 2. In many business situations, adapting to your readers means writing on a level lower than your own. Answer: True Page: 25 Difficulty: Easy Rationale: One should adapt and adapting sometimes means writing at a lower level. Learning Objective: 1 AACSB Standard: 1 3. Adaptation of writing means writing in the simplest language possible. Answer: False Page: 25 Difficulty: Medium Rationale: It means fitting the words to the specific reader, which does not always mean simplifying the writing. Learning Objective: 1 AACSB Standard: 1 4. Using familiar words means using the language of normal conversation. Answer: True Page: 28 Difficulty: Easy Rationale: We use the familiar words in normal conversation. Learning Objective: 1 AACSB Standard: 1 5. In adapting writing to a wide range of educational backgrounds, one should write for those in the middle. Answer: False Page: 26 Difficulty: Medium Rationale: One should write for the lowest level in order to communicate with all in the group. Learning Objective: 1 AACSB Standard: 1 6. Readability research supports simplifying writing. Answer: True Page: 28 Difficulty: Easy Rationale: The readability techniques mentioned in the book are based on extensive research. Learning Objective: 1 AACSB Standard: 1 7 Chapter 2 Adaptation and the Selection of Words 7. It is good to use unfamiliar words in business because they help readers improve their vocabulary. Answer: False Page: 28 Difficulty: Easy Rationale: Only familiar words communicate clearly, and the goal of communicating in business is to communicate. Learning Objective: 2 AACSB Standard: 1 8. Because the short words tend to communicate better than the long ones, you should prefer them in your writing. Answer: True Page: 29 Difficulty: Easy Rationale: A statement explained in the text. Learning Objective: 2 AACSB Standard: 1 9. You should use the short words because all the long ones are difficult. Answer: False Page: 29 Difficulty: Medium Rationale: Although length and difficulty are correlated, some exceptions exist. Some long words are easy and some short ones are difficult. Learning Objective: 2 AACSB Standard: 1 10. Although they may be misunderstood, some words not in the reader's vocabulary should be used as a device to gain his or her respect. Answer: False Page: 29-30 Difficulty: Hard Rationale: Such words do not communicate. Learning Objective: 2 AACSB Standard: 1 11. The heavier the proportion of long words to short words, the harder the writing is to understand. ... View Full Document

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