Summaries & Abstracts in Technical Documents


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What is the purpose of a summary and an abstract?

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1. What are the three main types of summaries and abstracts?

2. The informative abstract that Sarah wrote is too long. She included the information listed below. Which information could Sarah remove from her abstract without negatively impacting it?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Make use of these practice assessments to sharpen your knowledge of subjects on summaries and abstracts such as their purposes, locations, and lengths.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Specifically, you'll answer questions on:

  • A summary/abstract's purpose
  • The location of descriptive abstracts
  • Lengths of descriptive abstracts
  • Components of informative abstracts
  • Audiences for executive summaries
  • Lengths of informative abstracts and executive summaries

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about summaries and abstracts
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding different types of abstracts
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding lengths of abstracts and summaries and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

Discover how much more you can learn about this material by studying our lesson, Summaries & Abstracts in Technical Documents. With this tool, you'll learn more about:

  • The need for summaries and abstracts
  • Details regarding different types of summaries and abstracts
  • Examples of summaries and abstracts