Understanding the Audience When Writing Technical Instructions


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What type of audience is more likely to prefer formal language in a technical manual?

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1. A technical manual written in an informal voice is most likely to appeal to which audience?

2. Which of the following is NOT a way that an audience should influence writing a technical manual?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Technical instructions are an important area of writing, and you can make sure you know how to reach the appropriate audience with this interactive quiz and worksheet. In this quiz, questions will look at influences on technicality and complexity of instructions, audience preferences for formality or informality, and their influence on a technical manual.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will ask you about the following:

  • Audiences preferring formal language in technical writing
  • Influence of the audience on a technical manual
  • What influence the vocabulary and sentence structure of writing
  • Audiences who prefer informal language in a technical manual
  • Factor that influences technicality and complexity of instructions

Skills Practiced

You will showcase these skills throughout your work:

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the use of formal and informal language in technical manuals and interpret it correctly
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on audience needs in technical writing
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the influence of audiences on technical writing in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding technicality, vocabulary, and sentence structure in technical instructions

Additional Learning

For further learning on this subject, consult the complementary lesson entitled Understanding the Audience When Writing Technical Instructions. This lesson will cover numerous goals, such as:

  • Relate ideas about technical instruction writing to real life through a character narrative
  • Define technical writing, voice, and audience
  • Understand how writing style can change based on audience
  • Explain the factors that influence each piece of technical writing