EXAM #1 STUDY QUESTIONS

Unit One: Course Orientation/Communication Theory

  1. Explain the structure of this course (the four units and the primary topics covered under each) and explain how coverage of these subjects relates to your major or prospective field of employment.

  2. Define each of the following: communication, intrapersonal communication, interpersonal communication, public communication, and mass communication. How are these types of communication similar and how do they differ from each other? Also, provide an example of each of the four types of communication.

  3. Reproduce the basic communication model (hint: has “source” in it) and explain each of its components. How is the model useful to you?

  4. Define listening. Reproduce and explain the "model of listening" discussed in lecture. Then, choose five "barriers to listening" that relate most to you -- explain how each affects your listening. Then, from among the "strategies to improve listening," choose five appropriate to your barriers and explain how you can use them to improve your listening.

  5. Define and provide an example of the following terms (provided separately). 

Unit Two: Public Speaking

  1. Discuss adaptation to self and situation in creating a speech. Sum up advice for audience analysis as part of the invention process. Explain how you have used or intend to use these principles in your own speaking.

  2. Explain the six “rules of outlining.” Then apply the rules to the sample outline (separately provided), indicating any violations of the six rules–be specific about which rule or rules is broken for each error.

  3. OR

    If no sample outline is provided, explain the six “rules of outlining”, then provide an example for each rule that violates the rule; then, correct each example.

  4. Reproduce the basic speech model (hint: has “introduction” in it) explaining each of its components.

  5. Define "speech fright." Explain its physical and psychological basis. Then, explain each point in the five-point plan given in lecture for dealing with it. Explain how you have implemented or intend to implement the plan.

  6. Five basic principles of delivery were given in lecture. Reproduce each and illustrate with an example. (Hint: the principles are the general and do not mention voice or body, specifically, but yoru examples should be specific and concrete.)

  7. Summarize advice specific to  improving use of voice and body in delivery. Provide examples of how you have implemented or intend to implement the advice in your own delivery.

  8. Define and provide an example of the following terms (provided separately).

  

EXAM #2 STUDY QUESTIONS

Unit Three: Informative Communication

  1. Explain the model of "attention" presented in lecture and the strategies discussed for attaining it. Also, provide an example of how you have used or might use each strategy.

  2. Explain the model of "clarity" presented in lecture and the strategies for attaining it. Also, provide an example of how you have used or might use each strategy.

  3. Explain the strategies discussed in lecture for making speech material more retainable. Also, provide an example of how you have used or might use each strategy.

  4. Describe "Dale's Cone of Experience" and explain how speakers can use it. Include examples of how you have used the model or might make use of it.

  5. Discuss do's and don'ts of making and using visual aids. Include examples of how you have used or might use the advice.

  6. Define and provide examples for the following terms (provided separately).

 Unit Four: Persuasive Communication

  1. Explain the basis of Cognitive Consistency Theory. Then describe possible audience reactions (defensive strategies) to the creation of "cognitive dissonance." Include examples of how you have used or might make use of these concepts.

  2. Explain organizational strategies for the introduction, body and conclusion of persuasive speeches. Then, explain two persuasive speech organization patterns. (Either two will be assigned by the tester or choose two at your option.)

  3. From lecture material, discuss research findings concerning "fear appeals" and "strategies to induce resistance to counter-persuasion." Include examples of how you have used or might make use of these concepts.

  4. Discuss both "logical standards for evidence" and research findings regardings evidence as it relates to attitude change. Include examples of how you have used or might make use of these concepts.

  5. Explain the major factors affecting speaker credibility. Include examples of how you have used or might make use of these concepts.

  6. Define and provide your own examples for five "Informal Logical Fallacies." (Either five will be assigned by the tester or choose five at your option.)

  7. Define and provide an example for the following terms (provided separately).