Academic Writing

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Question 1
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The audience for a student writing in an academic context does NOT generally include:

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A

teachers.

B

examiners.

C

fellow students.

D

the student (for his or her own learning).

E

the general public.

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Question 2
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Which of the following statements about the author-date system of referencing is correct?

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A

Give the author's name only at the point in the text where he/she is mentioned.

B

Full publishing details of the book appear in the bibliography.

C

Never quote more than one sentence from another author's work.

D

There is no need to acknowledge another author's ideas unless they are quoted directly.

E

Feel free to combine referencing systems.

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Question 3
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Of the following citations from a bibliography, only one conforms to the author-date system of referencing.Which one is it?

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A

Wardhaugh, R. 1985, How conversation works, Basil Blackwell, New York.

B

West, C. 'Routine complications: troubles between doctors and patients'. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1984

C

Thomas Kochman, 1981. Black and White Styles in Conflict (Chicago: University of Chicago Press)

D

Ong, Walter. Orality and literacy, 1982

E

Bryant, Pauline. Regional Variation in the Australian English Lexicon, 'Australian Journal of Linguistics', vol 5, pp. 55-66, 1989.

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Question 4
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Which reason for effective referencing is supported by the textbook?

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A

The more references you have, the more people will admire your scholarship.

B

Referencing helps the writer keep track of the arguments of different experts in the field being researched.

C

The more impressive the journals quoted from, the more marks your essay will deserve.

D

Lecturers are not interested in your opinion.

E

A wide reference list makes up for poor writing in the essay itself.

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Question 5
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Plagiarism is unethical because:

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A

it is a form of cheating that robs others of credit for their work.

B

it makes essay-writing easy, and the lecturers prefer it to be difficult.

C

you might be caught and fail the assignment.

D

you could end up in court.

E

the original material may be wrong and you would be discredited.

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Question 6
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What is a literature review?

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A
A list of all the books on a topic.
B
A brief overview of the relevant books on a topic.
C
A thorough summary of the key books on a topic.
D
An analysis of previously published works relevant to a theme.
E
A summary of the key ideas presented in a number of important books on a theme.
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Question 7
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What is the key objective of a literature review?

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To highlight what has not been researched in the topic area.
B
To criticise other writers.
C
To introduce your research findings.
D
To discuss the method you used in undertaking your research.
E
To discuss the work of significant authors in a topic area.
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Question 8
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How can verbs in a topic statement or essay question be used to help the writing process?

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A
Verbs can help to focus writing upon the topic and understand the writing task.
B
Verbs can explore related topic areas.
C
Verbs can be repeated in the essay to show the writer is staying on track.
D
Verbs can be used in search engines to make research easier.
E
Verbs are not useful in the writing process.
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Question 9
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To analyse means:

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A
to express similarities and differences between two or more objects, systems, ideas or
Arguments.
B
to demonstrate differences between two or more objects, systems, ideas or arguments.
C
to break the subject into its parts and show how they relate to each other and to other subjects.
D
to make judgements, both favourable and/or unfavourable, using fair argument and
Balanced evidence.
E
to give a range of information, evidence and opinion.
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Question 10
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The best definition for 'prove' is:

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A
to confirm or verify by logical reasoning and evidence.
B
to show a variety of definitions about a topic.
C
demonstrate differences between two or more objects, systems, ideas or arguments.
D
make judgements, both favourable and/or unfavourable, using fair argument and
Balanced evidence.
E
express your view or interpretation of a statement contained in the question.
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Question 11
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A concept map is also known as:

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A
a mind map
B
a directory
C
a syllabus
D
a concept file
E
an outline
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Question 12
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Which of the following would be included in a master reading list for an essay?

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A
The books and documents you have referred to in the essay.
B
A list of books and documents you were meaning to read, but didn't get around to.
C
A list of books and documents that the reader of your essay might be interested in.
D
All the books and other documents you read, even if you don't refer to them in the essay.
E
All the books and other documents you have ever read.
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Question 13
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Which of the following is an example of a direct style of citation?

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A
According to Smith (2010), referencing is essential for successful academic writing.
B
Referencing is essential for successful academic writing (Smith, 2010)
C
Referencing is essential for successful academic writing (James Smith, 2010)
D
"Referencing is essential for successful academic writing" (Smith, 2010, p. 5)
E
Referencing is essential for successful academic writing (Smith, J. 2010. A guide to style)
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Question 14
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What is an annotated bibliography?

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A
A bibliography that provides full bibliographic information.
B
A bibliography that provides full bibliographic information as a well as a summary of each source.
C
A bibliography that is referenced within the text itself, i.e. at the bottom of each page.
D
Notes on diagrams and visuals, provided within the bibliography.
E
Highlighted passages in a text.
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Question 15
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In a basic annotated bibliography, all of the following may be included, EXCEPT:

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A
the full bibliographic citation.
B
the content or scope of the text.
C
the main argument made by the authors.
D
the relevance or usefulness of the text for your research.
E
the page number in your document that the text relates to.
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Question 16
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What is a thesis?

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A
A document undertaken in high school.
B
A document that gives evidence of substantial research and scholarship in a specific discipline.
C
An essay based on opinion and hearsay.
D
A textbook.
E
A manual for student learning.
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Question 17
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What is the foremost reason case studies are employed in academic learning?

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To provide examiners with additional material to test student knowledge.
B
To appeal to students who have a practical rather than theoretical nature.
C
To alleviate the boredom of learning theory.
D
To help students see how theories operate in practice.
E
To make learning more interesting.
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Question 18
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Which of the following is a fundamental activity in writing a reflective journal?

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Pondering
B
Illustrating
C
Questioning
D
Setting guidelines
E
Criticising
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Question 19
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1.Indicate which of the following statements are true.
a. Use single inverted commas to enclose the actual words you quote from your source.
b. If you quote within a quote, use double inverted commas.
c. If the quotation is lengthy, separate it from your paragraph, indent and use single spacing; don't use inverted commas.
d. If you insert your own words into a quoted sentence, enclose them between commas.
e. Using a large number of quotations will impress the lecturer with your wide learning.

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Question 20
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2.Indicate which of the following statements are true.
a. The abstract of an academic essay appears at the beginning and provides an overview of the composition.
b. One of the purposes of the introduction is to orient the reader to the rest of the composition.
c. The conclusion affirms that the thesis of the essay has been defended and the objectives met.
d. Headings and subheadings help the reader see the overall structure and the direction of the argument.
e. The difference between references and bibliographies is that the former provide for further reading and the latter refers to texts actually quoted from in the essay.

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