Oral Communication (Basic Elements) Quiz

Basic Elements of Communication (and Other Related Topics) Quiz. You can use these items for your short formative test after a classroom discussion. Answers are already highlighted. 

  1. The CEO of a corporation gives a speech on first quarter profits to board members. Infer the channel in the communication process.
    • the first quarter profits
    • the CEO
    • CEO’s words and movements
    • D. the board members
  2. You deliver a speech about the importance of higher education to a group of high school students. What is the message?
    • the high school students
    • you
    • importance of higher education
    • your voice and language
  3. Anna names four ingredients for Ryhs to buy at the grocery store. Who is the sender of the message?
    • Ryhs
    • Anna
    • grocery store
    • ingredients
  4. Which of the following is an example of audience’s feedback?
    • laughter
    • silence
    • half-closed eyelids
    • all of the above
  5. Which of these could be the best topic to choose for a speech to high school students?
    • SUV versus trucks
    • test-taking strategies
    • balancing a checkbook
    • investing in stocks
  6. Public communication can be best defined as:
    • communication designed to inform or persuade audience
    • the relationship level of communication
    • interactions with a limited number of persons
    • communication within oneself
  7. Intrapersonal communication is best defined as:
    • the relationship level of communication
    • interactions with a limited number of persons
    • communication designed to inform or persuade audience
    • communication within oneself
  8. Which comparison of verbal and nonverbal communication is accurate?
    • Both verbal and nonverbal communications are formally taught.
    • The sender has more control over verbal communication.
    • More channels are used for verbal communication.
    • The setting is more restricted in nonverbal communication.
  9. When does encoding take place?
    • when the receiver interprets the message
    • when the sender translates the message into a perceivable form
    • when both sender and receiver want to exchange messages
    • when the sender recognizes the communication style of the other
  10. What does bow-wow theory state about the origin of language?
    • Language is a result of emotional outbursts.
    • Language is a product of man’s physical activities.
    • Language is a product of man’s mimicking of the sounds of nature.
    • Language is a result of chanting during rituals.
  11. Which is a characteristic of formal language register?
    • commonly accepted format
    • style rarely or never changes
    • private communication
    • normal use of colloquialisms
  12. Which situation likely requires a consultative language register?
    • paper presentation
    • financial counseling
    • writing a friendly letter
    • making an announcement
  13. What function entails the use of communication for pleasure?
    • instructive
    • entertainment
    • regulatory
    • motivational
  14. Which theory relates the rituals of primitive men to the birth of language?
    • tarara-boom-de-ay
    • ta-ta
    • yo-he-ho
    • D. pooh-pooh
  15. Which of these does NOT constitute effective listening skills?
    • focusing fully on the speaker
    • showing interest
    • making side comments
    • avoiding interruption
  16. Which statement does NOT describe decoding process?
    • It is deciding on the medium to use in transmitting a message.
    • It involves interpretation.
    • It is assigning meaning to the message.
    • It is usually done by the receiver in a communication process.
  17. Which statement best explains intercultural communication?
    • It studies communication practices across different cultures.
    • It classifies cultures into major and minor categories.
    • It deals with linguistic peculiarities present in various nations.
    • It explores racial and social discriminations.
  18. Which must be avoided in formal communication situations?
    • the expression of ideas in complete sentences
    • the preference on completely pronounced words over contractions
    • the use of slangs and other private vocabularies
    • the application of generally agreed syntactic structures
  19. Which communication situation may require a casual language register?
    • a private conversation between a husband and wife
    • a discussion between an heir and his lawyer
    • a chitchat among friends in a coffee shop
    • a ritualistic chanting of verses during Pabasa
  20. The HR head sends a memo to all newly hired employees about the erroneous detail stipulated in their signed contracts and requests a notice of receipt within five days. What is the expected feedback?
    • a memo sent back to HR
    • a signed contract
    • an email confirming receipt
    • a letter of excuse
  21. What is the scientific study of language?
    • communication
    • linguistics
    • pragmatics
    • speech
  22. Which is NOT a basic element of communication?
    • source
    • destination
    • medium
    • language
  23. What language register is usually employed in private conversations?
    • casual
    • formal
    • intimate
    • consultative
  24. Which type of speech act involves an intention to make an interaction?
    • locution
    • illocution
    • perlocution
    • no locution
  25. What is the form of nonverbal interaction that involves touch?
    • chronemics
    • haptics
    • proxemics
    • kinesics