Are You a Good Communicator?


Take this quiz to learn more about the best ways to communicate.
  1. 1.

    You are reading a book when your brother asks if you want to hear about his day. You say,

    • A.

      “Not now. I’m in the middle of this chapter.”

    • B.

      “Sure! Just let me put this bookmark in.”

  2. 2.

    Your parents invite you to go on a walk with them. You—

    • A.

      walk and talk with them.

    • B.

      tell them you are too busy with your computer game.

  3. 3.

    At family home evening, your sister is teaching the lesson. You—

    • A.

      sit quietly and plan what you’re going to do after family home evening.

    • B.

      look at her and think about what she is teaching.

  4. 4.

    Every morning, your dad makes you breakfast. You—

    • A.

      thank him and tell him what you liked about breakfast.

    • B.

      are thankful but don’t say anything because he already knows.

  5. 5.

    Your friend tells you something you disagree with. You say,

    • A.

      “You’re so wrong! You shouldn’t think that.”

    • B.

      “We think differently about that. Could you explain your view?”

  6. 6.

    Your cousin tells you about a surprise party for your friend and asks you not to tell anyone. You are excited, so you—

    • A.

      keep the information to yourself and make a birthday card.

    • B.

      tell your friends so they can be excited about it too.

  7. 7.

    Your brother trips on a book you left on the floor and yells at you. You say,

    • A.

      “I’ve told you a million times to watch where you’re walking!”

    • B.

      “I’m sorry I left the book there. Are you hurt?”

Best Answers

  1. 1.

    B: Make time for family. Sometimes opportunities for good communication arise when you’re least expecting them. (See “Communicating with Your Parents,” New Era, Feb. 2008, 12.)

  2. 2.

    A: Be open to talking and listening. Elder M. Russell Ballard said, “Nothing is more important to the relationship between family members than open, honest communication” (“Like a Flame Unquenchable,” Ensign, May 1999, 86–87).

  3. 3.

    B: Listen to what others say to show respect and love. A Primary song explains, “Rev’rence is more than just quietly sitting: It’s thinking of Father above. … I’m rev’rent, for rev’rence is love” (“Reverence Is Love,” Children’s Songbook, 31).

  4. 4.

    A: Say thank you. President Thomas S. Monson counseled, “Always express your thanks” (“Finding Joy in the Journey,” Ensign, Nov. 2008, 86).

  5. 5.

    B: Understand that it is OK to disagree, but be humble and kind. Christ taught, “Judge not, that ye be not judged” (Matthew 7:1).

  6. 6.

    A: Avoid gossip and be trustworthy. King Solomon said that someone who gossips “revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter” (Proverbs 11:13).

  7. 7.

    B: Be kind instead of angry. The Apostle Paul wrote, “Be ye kind … , forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:32).

Illustration by Jack Martin