Ethical Dilemmas in Technical Writing


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What should you do to ensure that all of your data is factual?

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1. Mary is writing ad copy for a new product being marketed by her company. She includes language that implies the consumer would be a fool not to purchase such a wonderful, innovative new product. This would be considered an example of:

2. How can technical writers keep their documents unbiased?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Accuracy and integrity in technical writing can be critically important, and this quiz and worksheet will help you to check your understanding of what technical writers must do to ensure truthful reporting. Some of the concepts you'll need to know on the quiz include how to avoid bias and plagiarism and how to ensure accuracy.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to measure your knowledge of:

  • Ethical dilemmas in technical writing
  • Steps to ensure accuracy in your writing
  • The definition of connotation
  • How to avoid plagiarism

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related technical writing lesson
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of ethics in technical writing in different contexts
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about technical writing in a different light
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about accuracy in technical writing

Additional Learning

To learn more about maintaining accuracy and integrity in technical writing, review the accompanying lesson Ethical Dilemmas in Technical Writing. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand ethical dilemmas in technical writing
  • Learn importance of accuracy in reporting
  • Know how to provide truthful information in your writing
  • Review the effect word choice has on writing
  • Discover how to avoid plagiarism