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Public Speaking for College and Career, 6/e
Hamilton Gregory

Controlling Nervousness

Multiple Choice Quiz


According to the text, which one of the following fears do some animals share with humans?
A)fear of the unknown
B)fear of rejection
C)fear of failure
D)fear of being stared at

Which one of the following is a stress-triggered hormone that stimulates heart, lungs, and muscles?

Which one of the following scenarios best captures the textbook’s advice concerning the fear of public speaking?
A)A speaker has a great deal of anxiety, but tries to bring it down to a manageable level by refusing to acknowledge its power.
B)A speaker tries to banish nervousness and fear by telling herself that a speech is nothing to be worried about.
C)A speaker doesn’t try to eliminate nervousness and fear, but instead converts her anxiety into positive energy.
D)A speaker tries to eliminate her fear by making a joke about it in the introduction of her speech.

Which one of the following does the text regard as the best way to prevent excessive stage fright?
C)a sense of humor

Giving a speech from memory
A)is never recommended.
B)is recommended only for those with strong memories.
C)is recommended only for short speeches.
D)is recommended only for professionals such as ministers and politicians.

Before a speech, when you picture yourself giving the presentation, you should imagine all of the elements below EXCEPT:
A)effective delivery.
C)the possibility of failure.

The textbook says that one good way to shift the focus from yourself to your audience is to change your
A)amount of eye contact.
C)facial expression.
D)style of speaking.

During which part of a speech do most speakers experience the greatest amount of anxiety?
D)question-and-answer period

The textbook suggests all of the following techniques EXCEPT:
A)Arrive at the speech site early to get acclimated to the audience and the setting.
B)Right before a speech, take a few deep breaths, inhaling and exhaling slowly.
C)Right before speaking, push your arm or hand muscles against a hard object such as a desktop or chair.
D)Right before a speech, gently massage the front of your neck to loosen up your vocal cords.

When you are introduced as a guest speaker, the most effective way to capture listeners’ attention is to
A)speak while you stride to the lectern.
B)speak as soon as you reach the lectern.
C)pause a few moments at the lectern before speaking.
D)shake hands with the person who introduced you to the audience.

The text says, “Speakers who suffer from excessive anxiety make the mistake of thinking of themselves as __________ listeners, whom they see as hostile evaluators.”
A)humiliating themselves in front of
B)performing for
C)having a confrontation with
D)communicating with

Which one of the following statements is true?
A)Most of your physical symptoms of nervousness are not detected by your listeners.
B)If your nervousness causes you to have a quivering voice, you should apologize to the audience.
C)A pounding heart and sweaty palms are signals that a speaker is close to total panic.
D)Making a joke about your “butterflies” is a good way to calm yourself and reassure your audience that you are in control.

All of the following statements were made by the textbook EXCEPT:
A)Have your audience take action (such as raising hands) early in the speech.
B)Act poised, even if you don't feel confident.
C)Speak rapidly so that your audience doesn’t get bored.
D)Accept solemn, unanimated faces in the audience as an ordinary occurrence that should not distress a speaker.

The text says that memory lapses are common for
A)college students who give speeches in a public speaking class.
B)ex-athletes who talk to fan clubs.
C)sales representatives who give presentations to clients.
D)speakers who talk at ceremonies.

All of the following were listed in the textbook as ways to eliminate excess nervous energy during a speech EXCEPT:
A)Use visual aids.
B)Grip the lectern.
C)Walk to right and left occasionally—a few steps at a time.
D)Make gestures.