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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

This worksheet/quiz will assess how much you know about understanding the audience when writing technical instructions. Key points include the audience who would probably prefer formal language in a technical manual and an audience who might prefer informal language.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The following topics will be covered:

  • Ways an audience can influence the writing in a technical manual
  • Technique for varying the material in technical instructions geared toward an 8th-grade reading level
  • The deciding factor in how technical and complex instructions can be written

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - make sure you know the most important information from the lesson on understanding the audience when writing technical instructions, such as an audience who may prefer informal language
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the type of audience who might feel better about formal language in a technical manual
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about how an audience can impact the writing in a technical manual and the way of determining how technical and complex the instructions are in technical writing

Additional Learning

For more on technical writing, try the accompanying lesson called Understanding the Audience When Writing Technical Instructions. Consider these points that will be discussed:

  • Technical writing definition
  • Voice in a piece of writing
  • Importance of having the right language for technical instructions
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