Book Title
M: Business Communication 3rd Edition

978-0073403229 Chapter 3 Critical Thinking Questions

April 5, 2019
Critical Thinking Questions
1. For the past 20 years, Professor Clark Kupenheimer has required that his students include
five visuals in the long, formal report he assigns. Evaluate this requirement. (LO1)
2. Because it was easier to do, a report writer prepared each of the visuals on a full page. Some
of these visuals were extremely complex; some were very simple. Comment on this practice.
(LO1, LO6)
3. A report has five maps, four tables, one chart, one diagram, and one photograph. How
would you number these visuals? (LO2)
4. How would you number these visuals in a report: seven tables, six charts, nine maps? (LO2)
5. Discuss the techniques that may be used to show quantitative differences between areas on a
statistical map. (LO4)
6. Give examples of data that are suited for presentation in three dimensions. (LO4)
7. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using pictographs. (LO4)
8. Find a graph that uses scale breaks. Discuss the possible effects of its use on the reader.
9. Find a visual with errors in format. Tell how you would correct the errors to present the
chart’s data more clearly to the reader. (LO5)
10. “I have placed every visual near the place I write about it. The reader can see the visual
without any additional help from me. It just doesn’t make sense to direct the readers
attention to the visuals with words.” Evaluate this comment. (LO6)