Check for Understanding: Three Functions of Writing - Exercise

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Check for Understanding: Three Functions of Writing - Exercise

Check for Understanding: Three Functions of Writing

Duration: 5 to 10 minutes.

In this exercise, you will respond to the following questions about the three functions of business writing.

  1. Which of the following are functions of business writing?
    1. To entertain and solicit information.
    2. To inform, to influence, and to entertain.
    3. To solicit information, to influence, and to inform.
  2. Which function of writing will give the audience a reason to act?
    1. To inform.
    2. To influence.
    3. To entertain.
  3. Think about the following statement and write a couple sentences about why it is true: It is important to prepare before you begin to write.

Solution:

  1. B. To inform, to influence, and to entertain.
  2. B. To influence.
  3. Your answer may vary from this one, but you should have touched on the importance of thinking through and perhaps even outlining what you plan to write before you begin.
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