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Style Exam Practice

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Style Exam Practice TECM 2700

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This practice covers examples of what the style exam will look like. It has examples, along with what the teacher wants as the answers as well as what he/she will accept according to each sentence.
Technical Writing
Mark sweeney
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Style Exam, Technical Communication
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Date Created: 02/16/16
Name: Flor Rodriguez ENGL Introduction to Technical Communication Practice Style Exam Part 1: Revise and Identify (76 points) Please complete the following for 6 sentences: ·Identify all the problems in the sentence (use technical terms and identify the problem area of  the sentence).   ·Rewrite the sentence to eliminate the problems. ·Rewrite and identify problems for only 6 sentences. If you complete more than 6, I will only grade the first 6. ·Example: The ball was thrown by Brown. Problems:  No actor in subject. Passive Voice (was thrown). Rewrite:  Brown threw the ball. Things that were missing that HAVE to be an answer Could have accepted that I did not include 1.   The results of the tests underwent extensive reviews, hoping to find some cause of the  flaw. Problems: No actor in subject (who underwent extensive reviews), nominalizations (reviews),  Vague language (tests), Dangling Modifier (thing it’s trying to modify isn’t there) (hoping…… flaw), Emphasis (reviews are more important than ….) Rewrite:  The doctors reviewed the lung cancer test results extensively in order to find the cause  of the flaw.   2 Attempts at explanations for increases in voter participation in this year’s elections were  offered by several candidates. Problems:  Nominalization (attempts), Nominalization (explanations) Passive voice (were  offered), no actor in subject, vague language (how many candidates), Subject/Verb Separation Rewrite:  Four candidates offered to attempt explaining the voter participation increase in this  year’s election.    3.The loss of the market to foreign manufacturers by domestic automakers could result in the unemployment of hundreds of thousands of workers and stagnation in the national economy. Problems:  Vague language (hundreds of thousands), Nominalization (loss, stagnation,   unemployment   ), Actor and action separated (more than 4 words between loss and domestic   automakers), Fancy wording (stagnation) Rewrite:  Domestic automakers losing the oil marking to foreign manufacturers could result in  the unemployment of thousands of workers, and stagnating national economy.    4.   Subsequent to the organizational forum, we will endeavor to ascertain how the  compensation program will operate and then communicate that to employees. Problems:  Unnecessary language; too wordy (endeavor, ascertain), Fancy wording  (endeavor, subsequent, ascertain, Nominalization (compensation),  Rewrite:  The national economy could slow, and hundreds of thousands of workers could  lose their jobs because domestic automakers lost the market to foreign manufacturers   5.   Having no previous familiarity with it, the metal deposit detection device did not function as expected. Problems: No actor in subject (who has no familiarity with what), dangling modifier (nobody is  doing anything with the metal deposit, Stacked nouns (metal deposit detection device), Negative  language (did not function), Nominalization (detection), Vague, non/Specific Language (did not  function) Rewrite:  The metal detector did not function as Dr. Brian expected, because he wasn’t familiar  with it.  I could not find the on switch for the metal detector. Because the metal detector was new to me, I felt surprised when it make weird noises.          6. The CIA had fears that the president would make a recommendation to Congress for a  reduction in its budget. Problems:   Nominalization (fears, and recommendation,   reduce   , actor and action separated  (recommend budget reduction), vague language (budge), Misplaced modifier (it’s budget; who’s budget is it? CIA? Congress?) Rewrite:  The CIA feared that the president would recommend a budget reduction to Congress.  The CIA feared the president would recommend for Congress to reduce the CIA’s budget.  The CIA fears budget cuts.    7.   Until such time as the new health plan goes into effect, all employees should continue to  file claims according to the current plan without further delay. Problems:  Unnecessary wording (until such time), important info not at the end Rewrite:  Until the new health plan goes into effect, all employees should to continue   8  Because of the clerk’s inability to help us with the equipment, there was a delay in the  repairs that we had to do the next day. Problems:  Vague language (equipment, repairs), No actor in subject (there was),  Nominalization (delay, equipment, repairs), Important info misplaced Rewrite:  We delayed repairs due the next day because of the clerk’s inability to help us with the  cement blocks   Part 2: Revise a Short Passage (20 points)   Please revise the following passage:   You do not have to identify problems in the passage. Be sure to eliminate all style problems.  …………..   …………   1. Acid rain looks, feels, and tastes just like clear rain. The harm to (NOM) people from  acid rain is not direct. Walking (NO ACTOR) in acid rain, even swimming in an acid  lake, is immediately no more (NEGATIVE LANGUAGE) dangerous than walking or  swimming in clean water. However, the pollutants (sulfur dioxide [SO ] and nitrog2n  oxides [NO ])xthat cause acid rain also damage human health. These gases interact in the  atmosphere to form fine sulfate and nitrate particles that can be transported (PASSIVE)  long distances by winds and inhaled deep into people’s lungs. Fine particles can also  penetrate indoors. Scientific studies (NOM) have identified a relationship between  elevated levels of fine particles and increased illness and premature death from heart and  lung disorders, such as asthma and bronchitis. Based on health concerns, SO and NO   2  x have historically been regulated (PASSIVE) under the Clean Air Act, including the Acid  Rain Program. By lowering the SO and NO 2 issions x om power generation, the Acid  Rain Program will reduce the levels of find sulfate and nitrate particles and so reduce the  incidence (NOM) and the severity of these health problems: asthma and bronchitis. Due  to decreased mortality, (NOM) hospital admission, (NOM) and emergency room visits,  the public health benefits of the Acid Rain Program are estimated to be valued (PASSIVE VOICE) at $50 billion annually when fully implemented by the year 2010.     Rewrite:     Acid rain looks, feels, and tastes just like clear rain. People are not directly harmed from acid rain. Walking or swimming in acid rain is no more dangerous than walking or swimming in  clear water. What causes acid rain to damage human health are the pollutants sulfur dioxide  [SO ]2and nitrogen oxides [NO ]. Thexgases interact in the atmosphere to form fine sulfate  and nitrate particles that can transport long distances by winds. Fine particles can also  penetrate indoors, which leads to people inhaling them deep into their lungs. Scientific  studies have identified a relationship between elevated levels of fine particles, increased  illnesses, and premature death from heart and lung disorders, such as asthma and bronchitis.  Based on health concerns, SO and NO2 are histxrically regulated under the Clean Air Act,  including the Acid Rain Program. By lowering the SO and NO emis2 ons fromx ower  generation, the Acid Rain Program will reduce the levels of fine sulfate and nitrate particles  and reduce the incidence and severity of asthma and bronchitis. Due to decreased mortality,  hospital admission, and emergency room visits, the public health benefits of the Acid Rain  Program estimate the value to be $50 billion annually when fully implemented by the year  2010.             Part 3: Name all eight “to be” verbs for passive voice (4 points)  IS AM ARE WAS WERE BE BEING BEEN


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