Effective Public Speaking: Test your Public Speaking Knowledge with this Questionnaire

SJ (VP of Customer Engagement)

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Test and improve your knowledge of public speaking with this fun yet informative multiple choice public speaking quiz prepared by LocalMasters‘ public speaking and communication skills coaches.

1) Which of the following would NOT be a component of a demographic analysis of an audience? 

  • Gender
  • Group membership
  • Age
  • Disposition toward topic

2) The quickest way to establish a communicative bond with a group of listeners is usually to

  • Relate a personal anecdote
  • Introduce a visual aid
  • Establish eye contact
  • Ask a pointed, relevant question

3) To be suitable for efficient voice production, posture should include each of the following features EXCEPT

  • Weight should rest on balls of feet
  • Chin should be held level
  • Chest should be thrust forward slightly
  • Back should be erect

4) Most speeches contain _____ main points

  • 2-4
  • 5-7
  • 7-10
  • 8-12

5) Persuasive speeches typically involve each of the following EXCEPT questions of

  • Values
  • Emotions
  • Policy
  • Fact

6) In most cases, an introduction should NOT constitute more than _____% of a speech

  • 5-10
  • 10-20
  • 15-30
  • 30-40

7) Each of the following is an articulator involved in voice production EXCEPT

  • Lips
  • Hard palate
  • Teeth
  • Larynx

8) When delivering a speech, which of the following means of support is MOST likely to require the use of visual aids?

  • Statistics
  • Hypothetical examples
  • Testimony
  • Extended examples

9) Which element of the speech communication process involves the time and place in which communication occurs?

  • Interference
  • Situation
  • Message
  • Channel

10) Which of the following statements about suggestion is FALSE?

  • The nature and attitude of a speaker affects his powers of suggestion
  • Suggestion is most effective if it is connected to an idea that has prestige
  • A person is more open to suggestions if his knowledge is lacking
  • A person is less suggestible when she is a member of a listening group

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  1. Disposition toward topic
  2. Establish eye contact
  3. Chest should be thrust forward slightly
  4. 2-4
  5. Emotions
  6. 10-20
  7. Larynx
  8. Statistics
  9. Situation
  10. A person is less suggestible when she is a member of a listening group

So how many did you get right? Let us know in the comments below. If you need help in honing your public speaking skills or want to be a great speaker, try LocalMasters Public Speaking Course today.

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