Rhetorical Awareness in Technical Communication


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What is rhetorical awareness?

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1. What three factors should a writer consider when examining the rhetorical situation of a document?

2. You are writing an instruction manual to accompany an unassembled IKEA desk. What is the BEST way to ensure your manual is user-centered?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This worksheet and quiz will test your understanding of rhetorical awareness in technical communication. Specifically, you should know topics like what is rhetorical awareness and understanding three factors to consider for a writer examining the rhetorical situation of a document.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This study guide will help you to:

  • Understand how a writer could potentially make a technical document more user-centered
  • Know why a technical writer should be rhetorically aware
  • Recognize what a rhetorical situation is referred to in technical writing

Skills Practiced

Use the worksheet and quiz to address the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on rhetorical awareness in technical communication
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about rhetorical awareness in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding technical documents

Additional Learning

Find out more about rhetorical awareness in technical communication with this lesson named Rhetorical Awareness in Technical Communication. Once you've completed the lesson, you will have covered the following study skills:

  • Define rhetorical situation
  • Understand the application of rhetorical awareness
  • Realize how rhetorical awareness can be beneficial for a writer