Question 1 (1 point)
You are invited to speak to a class of third graders (ages eight and nine) on ways to avoid catching a cold. Which of the following would be an effective way to get the students’ attention at the beginning of your speech?
Question 1 options:
Pretend to sneeze into your hand as you walk up to a student and then extend that same hand to the student for a handshake.
Ask them, “How many of you like catching colds?”
Tell a story about the time you missed school because you caught a bad cold.
Provide data that show 2 percent of all colds progress to life-threatening conditions like pneumonia.
Question 2 (1 point)
Which of the following statements best describes the role of a conclusion in a speech?
Question 2 options:
to summarize the main points of the speech
to lead into a question-and-answer session
to help the audience remember the primary message of the speech
all of the above
Question 3 (1 point)
The best way to reinforce your message is to repeat verbatim the main points from your speech’s body in the conclusion; in other words, “tell them what you told them.”
Question 3 options:
Question 4 (1 point)
The purpose of practicing a speech is to discover ________. Check all that apply.
Question 4 options:
words that are difficult to pronounce
sentences that are too long to get through in one breath
Question 5 (1 point)
A speech’s thesis statement explains what you want the audience to do with the information you deliver.
Question 5 options:
Question 6 (1 point)
Why should you introduce your topic and state a thesis as early as possible in your speech?
Question 6 options:
Your audience is unlikely to listen to your speech for longer than five minutes.
After you grab your audience’s attention, you have a brief opportunity to prove that your speech is worth hearing.
If you wait to state your thesis, you will build your audience’s anticipation and excitement.
all of the above
Question 7 (1 point)
If the speaker’s main goal is to entertain the audience, which of the following elements should he or she include in the body of the speech?
Question 7 options:
data, statistics, and research
a combination of research and media
videos, charts, or images
anecdotes and personal stories
Question 8 (1 point)
Once you get through the first few minutes of a speech, you are no longer likely to feel anxious or nervous.
Question 8 options:
Question 9 (1 point)
To end the speech on a high note and ensure that the audience remembers the main points, the speaker should share
Question 9 options:
a quote or anecdote
a theme or concept
Question 10 (1 point)
Which of the following might be a good strategy for opening your speech so that it grabs attention?
Question 10 options:
List the main points that you will make.
State your topic and thesis.
Make a controversial or provocative statement.
all of the above
Question 11 (1 point)
Which of the following techniques is an example of using vocal variety to improve your speech? Check all that apply.
Question 11 options:
speaking faster or slower at different times
pausing at significant moments
using hand gestures to add drama
speaking loudly to emphasize an important point
Question 12 (1 point)
Which of the following statements is true?
Question 12 options:
Audiences can always see how nervous you feel.
Some nervousness can make your speech better.
Memorizing your speech helps you feel less nervous.
Telling a joke is always a good way to begin a speech.
Question 13 (1 point)
Which of the following techniques can a speaker use to signal that he or she has reached the end of a speech?
Question 13 options:
use of the word however
offering to respond to questions
ending the speech abruptly
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