Speaking to Inspire: Ceremonial and Motivational Speeches Quiz Answers

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Speaking to Inspire: Ceremonial and Motivational Speeches Quiz Answers

Week 01

Practice Quiz : Ceremonial speaking

Q1. Which of the following is an example of a ceremonial/epideictic speech?

  • A city council debate on a new road policy.
  • A scientist explaining her most recent experiment.
  • A keynote speaker talking about the value of leadership.

Q2. A good ceremonial speech ________________. Select the best answer.

  • makes you the star of the show
  • makes everyone cry
  • responds well to its rhetorical situation
  • makes everyone laugh

Q3. This class is organized around the rhetorical canons. What are these?

  • Values. Arguments. Eloquence. Presence.
  • Invention. Arrangement. Style. Memory. Delivery.
  • Content. Delivery.
  • Informative. Deliberative. Ceremonial.

Practice Quiz : Stories

Q1. We talked about a definition of narrative. Which is this?

  • A narrative is connection to our evolutionary origins.
  • A narrative is an ordered sequence of events.
  • A narrative is an emotional journey.

Q2. What is meant by “joint imagination”?

  • Narratives encourage audience empathy.
  • People experience certain aspects of the narrative as if they were actual experiences (stuff like spatial relationships, visual appearances, voices, points of view, etc.).
  • Narratives encourage close inspection of an argument.

Q3. In a traditional plot, what’s the “inciting incident”?

  • Background information on the characters and setting.
  • The consequences of the climax.
  • The event that starts the story’s action.
  • The point where the conflict reaches it’s emotional peak.

Main : one quiz

Q1. We talked about the broad functions of ceremonial speeches and epideictic rhetoric. Identify these three functions.

  • Speakers define values and help the audience better understand those values.
  • Speakers identify enemies to the community that the audience are asked to reject.
  • Speakers display eloquence for the enjoyment of the audience.
  • Speakers persuade audiences to believe certain propositions.
  • Speakers create community that the audiences can share.

Q2. Claims tend to be _____________ in persuasive argument and _____________ in epideictic argument.

  • explicit; ambiguous
  • ambiguous; explicit
  • deductive; inductive
  • inductive; deductive

Q3. We can support our value claims in four main ways. Identify these ways.

  • Statistics
  • Facts
  • Stories and examples
  • Arguments
  • Crying
  • Elaboration
  • Testimony

Q4. What’s the organization of the traditional plot structure?

  • climax, inciting incident, exposition, and resolution.
  • exposition, inciting incident, rising action, climax, falling action and resolution.
  • inciting incident, rising action, exposition, resolution, climax, and falling action.

Q5. Anecdotes are _____________ than other stories.

  • shorter
  • longer
  • more serious
  • funnier

Week 02

Main : two quiz

Q1. We talked about the arrangement principles of simplicity, balance, and order. Balance means that each speech section is getting __________ amount of attention and length.

  • an increasing
  • the same
  • the appropriate
  • a decreasing

Q2. Which of the following is a topical arrangement patter?

  • Commemorating Bishop Allen

Opener. Welcome

Background on Allen

Accomplishments and impact

Recognizing his impact

Tie to the event

Closer. Thanks to those in attendance

  • Commemorating John Lewis

Opener. Background on Congressman Lewis

Point 1. Community

Point 2. Leadership

Point 3. Forgiveness

Closer. A thank you to Congressman Lewis

  • Commemorating my mother and Diwali

Opener. Family putting up Diwali lights

Diwali and the start of the story of Ram and Ravan

Her mother’s background

How Ram and her mother faced challenges

How the speaker faced challenges

Closer. Ram’s homecoming and the value of Diwali

Q3. We read Tom Morello’s speech inducing KISS into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. If you didn’t get a chance to read the speech earlier, here it is again. Here’s the basic structure of the speech.

I. Opening story about Morello at his first KISS concert

II. Criteria for induction to the Hall of Fame

  1. Impact
  2. Influence
  3. Awesomeness

III. Members of KISS

  1. Gene Simmons
  2. Paul Stanley
  3. Ace Frehley
  4. Peter Criss

IV. Closer building to an applause

His arrangement might best be described as _________.

  • Chronological
  • Topical
  • Narrative

Q4. When speaking at a eulogy, your goal should be to provide a final statement about the deceased’s entire life.

  • True
  • False

Q5. When introducing a speaker, aim for comprehensiveness. Make sure to list as many of their accomplishments as possible.

  • true
  • false

Week 03

Practice Quiz :Style

Q1. We talked about the three types of style in the Roman rhetorical tradition. What are these?

1 point

  • Plain, middle, and grand
  • Conversational, business, and eloquent
  • Praising, blaming, cursing

Q2. You’ll hear people talk about rhetorical questions pretty broadly. What is the best definition for rhetorical question?

  • A question asked for effect.
  • A question requiring deep thought.
  • A question with no answer.

Q3. Diacope involves repeating a word after a short intervening passage. Which of the following is an example of diacope?

  • Never could I have hoped for such great woe. (Aeneid)
  • My brother need not be idealized, or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life, to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it. (Ted Kennedy)
  • I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed – we hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave-owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today! (Martin Luther King Jr.)

  • Bond. James Bond.

practice Quiz : Manuscripts

Q1. Let’s say you have a weekly business meeting with five other divisional heads from around the company. One day, you have asked the CFO to come in and talk a bit with your working group about some pressing financial issues facing the company. The CFO is actually a friend of yours and introduce her well, but informally. You pull together some basic ideas for a 30-second introduction. What do you think will be the best way to support that short intro?

  • Memorize it.
  • Read from a prepared manuscript.

Q2. We talked about some tips for formatting your manuscript. Which three of the following are recommended?

  • Limit yourself to 30 English words per page.
  • Staple your manuscript like a book, with multiple staples going down the left side of the page.
  • Print on both sides of the page to save paper.
  • Write out numbers and symbols.
  • Don’t staple your manuscript.
  • Have around 400 English words per page.
  • Put page turns between chunks of talk.

Q3. We talked about seeing your script as a prop. That means you should ________________.

  • not use it until the performance
  • practice with it
  • never change it

Main : three quiz

Q1. Select the best example of a tricolon.

  • “Never was so much owed by so many to so few.” Winston Churchill
  • “Tonight, we are a country awakened to danger and called to defend freedom. Our grief has turned to anger, and anger to resolution.” George W. Bush.
  • “We must change that deleterious environment of the 80’s, that environment which was characterized by greed and hatred and selfishness and mega-mergers and debt overhang….” Barbara Jordan
  • “The king is dead, long live the king!”

Q2. As we discussed, the main factor affect speech tone is ______________.

  • topic choice
  • emotion
  • word choice
  • syntax

Q3. If you are introducing someone or presenting an award, you should build to applause. You want the audience applause to ___________________.

  • fade out by the time the person reaches the podium
  • sustain the person’s trip from their seat to the podium
  • be explosive. Happening immediately after you say the name
  • be as loud as possible given crowd

Q4. As discussed, a good opener should always do at least this one thing.

  • Get an applause line in early
  • Let people know you’ve started
  • Start with a joke or story

Q5. Below is a manuscript write up. Based on our discussion, choose the version that is most written for the ear. In other words, which version is best for oral delivery in front of a live audience?

  • The County Shelter has been and continues to be one of the most important places for animal welfare in the region for fifty years. In that time, they have saved more animals than we can count. To date, the shelter has placed 252,500 dogs and cats in happy homes. It is for this very reason that this shelter has shaped not only our families, but also our lives. I hope you appreciate, as I do, the invaluable contribution that this shelter has made to the region.
  • The County Shelter is outstanding. They save lives. They improve families. One cannot fully appreciate the depth of resourcefulness that is demonstrated by this shelter during times of stress and strain. One only need recall the events of three years ago, when our locality was confronted with an unprecedented flood system. In that difficult time, the County Shelter was able to navigate a difficult challenge and rise above it to perform and admirable task in an honorable and noble manner. One must confront the realization that the County Shelter stands as a beacon of humanity to all creatures great and small.
  • The County Shelter has been one of the most important places for animal welfare in the region for fifty years. For fifty years, the shelter has saved animal lives and improved human lives. To date, the shelter has placed a quarter of a million dogs and cats in happy homes. I bet almost everyone here tonight has had a dog or cat from this shelter. They have shaped our families. Our lives. The County Shelter isn’t just a responsible steward of the local animal population. They are the invaluable. They make our lives better and our families complete.

Week 04

Main : four quiz

Q1. We talked about the role of memory in speeches. In general, you don’t need to worry about memory if you are reading a manuscript speech.

  • True
  • False

Q2. When our memory works best, we engage in what is called elaborative encoding. What is the best description of elaborative encoding?

  • We learn new ideas by changing our thought processes fundamentally.
  • We forget information when we use it most often because our brains get tired.
  • We memorize content through repetition.
  • We link new information to existing information in our brains.

Q3. We talked about the components of humor. The psychologist Rod Martin describes four components of humor. Identify the fourth.

1. A social context. We most often experience humor with others

2. Cognitive-perceptual process. We recognize things as humorous.

3. A behavioral expression. We laugh.

  • An identity aspect. We feel loved.
  • An emotional aspect. We experience of mirth.
  • A physical reaction. Our heart rate decreases

Q4. Many psychologists suggest that humor usually combines _________ with __________.

  • incongruity; playfulness
  • anger; levity
  • hate; mirth
  • tragedy; time

Q5. Below is a bit from Barack Obama’s 2009 commencement speech at Arizona State University. Where do you think is the best candidate for a humor hotspot, or a place for inserting a quick funny line? The speech is available here (around 31 minutes in): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qbel5MhtDq4


One student said it best when she spoke about her senior engineering project building medical devices for people with disabilities in a village in Africa. Her professor showed a video of the folks they’d been helping, and she said, “When we saw the people on the videos, we began to feel a connection to them. It made us want to be successful for them.” Think about that: “It made us want to be successful for them.” A That’s a great motto for all of us — find somebody to be successful for.

Raise their hopes. Rise to their needs. As you think about life after graduation, as you look into the mirror tonight after the partying is done. B You may look in the mirror tonight and you may see somebody who’s not really sure what to do with their lives. That’s what you may see, but a troubled child might look at you and see a mentor. A homebound senior citizen might see a lifeline. C The folks at your local homeless shelter might see a friend. None of them care how much money is in your bank account, or whether you’re important at work, or whether you’re famous around town — they just know that you’re somebody who cares, somebody who makes a difference in their lives.

  • A
  • B
  • C

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