FEATURE WRITING AND EDITORIALS EXAMINATION

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					FEATURE WRITING AND EDITORIALS
EXAMINATION
Module/SubCourse: DI0240 Edition: A

     Situation: How can you stack the deck in your favor for the next promotion
     board? This situation pertains to question 22.

  1. The above lead can BEST be described as a:

         question
         quotation
         combination
         narrative

     Situation: So you think you're a law-abiding citizen. Maybe. But, chances are
     you've broken the law several times today. This situation pertains to question
     15.

  2. The above can be described as what type of lead?

         direct address
         summary
         narrative
         teaser

  3. Narrative features are typically written in what pyramid format?

         feature
         upright
         inverted
         chronological

  4. The editorial lead should entice readers much like leads do.

         feature
         news
         teaser
        kicker

5. Though commentaries are informative, the main purpose of a commentary is to:

        influence
        affirm
        describe
        coerce

6. The purpose of the sidebar's tieback is to:

        show that the sidebar and news story go together
        show the historical significance of the event
        explain the causes and effects of an event
       photographically show personalities involved on the left or right side of the
   story

7. The four parts of an editorial include the:

        lead, body, bridge and narrative
        lead, body, bridge and conclusion
        title, lead, body and conclusion
        title, lead, bridge and body

8. What often serves as a guide when selecting the format that will best represent
   your feature?

        story content
        lead focus
        story tone
        lead emphasis

9. Which pyramid format uses a strong lead and an ending that is as important as the
   lead?

        editorial c inverted
        feature
        chronological

10. After the interview, it is best to review your notes in order to:

        describe pertinent features of the environment
        summarize details pertinent to the story
        maintain the mood of the story
        delete unnecessary material

11. The support for your editorial position is contained in the:

        body
        bridge
        summary
        lead

12. Sidebar ideas are normally found while:

        focusing the story
        covering the event
        forming your story outline
        writing about the event

13. When an article includes offensive language, it is in violation of which of the
    following?

        policy
        propriety
        AR 390-5
        AR 380-5

14. After selecting a point of view for your feature story, you should then:

        determine additional sources
        define and set up
        focus and outline
        shoot accompanying photographs

15. A type of feature that primarily uses the question and answer format is the:

        interview
        essay
        press conference
        personality

16. A feature normally contains four parts. They are the:

        tieback, lead, body and climax
        lead, bridge, body and ending
        title, lead, bridge and body
        title, lead, tieback and body

17. What should you select first before writing a feature story?

        a focal point
        a pyramid format
        the human interest angle
        a point of view

18. To help the story flow, paragraphs in your feature should be built with:

        biographical data
        paraphrasing
        attribution
        transitions

19. In an editorial written to inform, the final paragraph should:

        put all data into perspective and summarize
        put all the data into perspective and tie back to the main theme
        suggest the best solution to the problem posed in the editorial
        offer insight on the issue and summarize the data

20. Mathematical, scientific and technical data can be made more effective through
    the use of:

        paraphrasing
        cliches
        anecdotes
        similes

21. The key to maintaining objectivity in editorials is:

        researching the topic
        attributing facts
        identifying sources fully
        following editorial procedures

22. When writing a sidebar, a brief tieback to the news or feature story should be
    included in the:

        lead
        conclusion
        bridge
        body

23. To ensure accuracy in an editorial, little-known or unusual facts must be:

        attributed
        explained
        reinforced
        exempted

24. An article about brewing beer at home can BEST be written as which type of
    feature?

        interview
        how-to
        narrative
        essay

25. When writing a feature, which of the following is used to set the tone of the story?

        title
        body
        outline
        lead

26. The feature writer can give news stories expanded meaning through:

        editing
        organization
        rewriting
        localization

27. One way to handle statistical material is to:

        inflate large figures even larger to show comparison
        keep it out of the main story and use it in sidebars
        use it sparingly, preferably in the lead
        inflate small figures to represent a larger idea

28. Perhaps the most common pyramid format used in feature writing is the:

        chronological
        sequential
        inverted
        feature

29. One purpose of the sidebar is to:

        tie back to previously published stories
        expand on those facts presented in the news or feature story
        provide a "bar" style photo to the left or right side of the story
        answer any of the five W's and H left out of the news or feature story

30. How you will write your feature story is determined when:

        the topic is defined
        all materials are gathered
        preparing your questions
        you research the story

31. In addition to giving the main idea of the story and allowing swift scanning of
    important facts, what is another characteristic of the summary lead?

        inform the public
        maintain the flow
        entertain readers
        arouse interest

32. The most common purposes of an editorial are to:

        entertain, inform and encourage
        entertain, inform and influence
        inform, challenge and promote
        influence, publicize and support

33. Feature writers use which type of ending to present a startling or surprise
    conclusion?

        stinger
        kicker
        climax
        hammer

34. Which of the following should be avoided in editorial writing?

        violence
        argument
        controversy
        humor

35. Feature writing is different from straight news stories in that feature stories:

        deal only with personalities
        are always timely
        require more research
        call for more writing

36. Which type of conclusion leaves the reader hanging or tells him the outcome is
    still not quite certain?

        unending
        stinger
        summary
        cliff-hanger

37. Editorials appearing in military newspapers should support:

        the writer's views
        public information
        command information
        First Amendment rights

38. Depending on the form used for your feature, the five W's and the H can be found
    in the:

        bridge and body only
        anywhere
        lead and bridge only
        lead only

39. Which of the following factors dictates the placement of sidebar stories?

        significance
        connection
        objective
        clarification

40. Which type of feature is written in confidential tones, either humorous or serious,
    with a positive ending?

        news
        personal experience
        confession
        essay