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DSST The Art Of Public Speaking

Subjects : dsst, soft-skills
  • Answer 50 questions in 15 minutes.
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1. A method of speech organization in which the main points show a cause-effect relationship.

2. The credibility of a speaker before he or she starts to speak.

3. Listening for pleasure or enjoyment.

4. Standards on which a judgement or decision can be based.

5. A list of all the sources used in preparing the speech.

6. Listening to understand the message of a speaker.

7. A statement in the introduction of a speech that identifies the main points to be discussed in the body of the speech.

8. The ability to influence group members so as to help achieve the goals of the group.

9. Testimony that is presented word for word.

10. A pause that occurs when a speaker fills the silence between words with vocalizations such as - 'uh -' 'um -' and 'er.'

11. Changes in the pitch and tone of a speaker's voice.

12. An implicit comparison - not introduced with the word 'like' or 'as' - between two things that are essentially different yet have something in common.

13. Presenting another person's language or ideas as one's own.

14. A specific case used to illustrate or to represent a group of people - ideas - conditions - experiences - or the like.

15. The tendency of people to be concerned above all with their own values - beliefs -

16. Testimony from ordinary people with first-hand experience or insight on a topic.

17. The use of vivid language to create mental images of objects - actions - or ideas.

18. The literal or dictionary meaning of a word or phrase.

19. Putting a speech together in a particular way to achieve a particular result with a particular audience.

20. The materials used to support a speaker's ideas.The three major kinds of supporting materials are examples - statistics - and testimonies.

21. The speed at which a person speaks.

22. The loudness or softness of a speaker's voice.

23. The middle number in a group of numbers arranged from highest to lowest.

24. The audience's perception of whether a speaker is qualified to speak on a given topic.

25. The vibration of sound waves on the eardrums and the firing of electrochemical impulses in the brain.

26. The juxtaposition of contrasting ideas - usually in parallel structure.

27. Creating an oversimplified image of a particular group of people - usually be assuming that all members of the group are alike.

28. Questions that offer a fixed choice between two or more alternatives.

29. A set of unstated individual goals that may conflict with the goals of the group as a whole.

30. A method of speech organization in which the main points follow a time pattern.

31. Keeping the audience foremost in mind at every step of speech preparation and presentation.

32. A hormone released into the bloodstream in response to physical or mental stress.

33. A fallacy which assumes that taking a first step will lead to subsequent steps that can not be prevented.

34. The belief that one's own group or culture is superior to all other groups or cultures.

35. A specific case referred to in passing to illustrate a point.

36. A speech that introduces the main speaker to the audience.

37. Communicative actions necessary to maintain interpersonal relations in a small group.

38. A speech to entertain that makes a thoughtful point about its subject in a light-hearted manner.

39. Stealing a speech entirely from a single source and passing it off as one's own.

40. An error in reasoning from specific instances - in which a speaker jumps to a general conclusion on the basis of insufficient evidence.

41. Directions in a speaking outline to help a speaker remember how she or he wants to deliver key parts of the speech.

42. The person who receives the speaker's message.

43. A collection of three to twelve people that assemble for a specific purpose.

44. Reasoning that moves from a general principle to a specific conclusion.

45. The use of language to defame - demean - or degrade individuals or groups.

46. The time and place in which speech communication occurs.

47. The messages - usually nonverbal - sent from the listener to the speaker.

48. Repetition of the initial consonant sound of close or adjoining words.

49. A trite or over uesd expression.

50. Presenting a speech so it sounds spontaneous no matter how many times it has been rehearsed.