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Communication Studies
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COMM 2102
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PASS  MOCK  EXAM  –  FOR  PRACTICE  ONLY   Course: COMM2101A Facilitator: Ievy Stamatov Dates and locations of mock exam take-up: Saturday, December 7 |10:30am-11:30am | University Centre 280 Wednesday, December 11 | 10:30am-11:30am | Mackenzie Building IMPORTANT: It is most beneficial to you to write this mock midterm UNDER EXAM CONDITIONS. This means: • Complete the midterm in 2 hour(s). • Work on your own. • Keep your notes and textbook closed. • Attempt every question. After the time limit, go back over your work with a different colour or on a separate piece of paper and try to do the questions you are unsure of. Record your ideas in the margins to remind yourself of what you were thinking when you take it up at PASS. The purpose of this mock exam is to give you practice answering questions in a timed setting and to help you to gauge which aspects of the course content you know well and which are in need of further development and review. Use this mock exam as a learning tool in preparing for the actual exam. Please note: • Come to the PASS session with your mock exam complete. There, you can work with other students to review your work. • Often, there is not enough time to review the entire exam in the PASS session. Decide which questions you most want to review – the Facilitator may ask students to vote on which questions they want to discuss. • Facilitators do not bring copies of the mock exam to the session. Please print out and complete the exam before you attend. • Facilitators do not produce or distribute an answer key for mock exams. Facilitators help students to work together to compare and assess the answers they have. If you are not able to attend the PASS session, you can work alone or with others in the class. Good Luck writing the Mock Midterm!!   1 Part A: Identify the most correct answer. Be sure to read the questions carefully. 1. The purpose of theory is to: a) Predict b) Describe c) Reform d) All of the above 2. Theory emerges from: a) Finding new knowledge b) Adapting existing theory c) Reacting to something d) All of the above 3. Communication Studies: a) Is a theoretical framework b) Draws on theoretical work from other disciplines c) Is a concept d) Is a recipe book of delicious French food like baguettes and croissants. 4. How many levels are there for communication analysis: a) 1 b) 2 c) 3 d) 4 5. Which one of the following is NOT a level of communication analysis: a) Intra individual b) Inter personal c) Macro-scopic/Societal d) Extra personal 6. A theory is: a) An idea or set of ideas held by a specific group of academics b)  An idea or set of ideas that is intended to explain something c) A lens through which we understand a particular phenomenon, constituted by a set of concepts and their interrelationships. d) Both b and c DISCLAIMER: PASS handouts are designed as a study aid only for use in PASS workshops. Handouts may contain errors, intentional or otherwise. It is up to the student to verify the information contained within. PLEASE NOTE: THIS HANDOUT IS NOT TO BE DISTRIBUTED.     2 7. Dialectical Materialism is: a) A Marxist philosophy that holds the process of change influences and is influenced by the material world and how we think and interact with the material world. b) A Marxist idea that there is an ongoing process of change that subscribes to a set of laws/principles. c) A Marxist idea that affirms the material world is real and nature or matter is primary. d) A philosophy held by Dallas Smythe that holds the process of change influences and is influenced by the material world and how we think and interact with the material world. 8. The goal of Marxism is: a) To achieve a great community b) To show how multiple, seemingly unconnected facts of social life evolved and are ultimately defined by class antagonism c) To uncover totalitarian control in mass culture and encourage change/action d) None of the above 9. Marxism arose out of: a) The industrial revolution, modernity, and the resulting inequality b) The emergence and development of urbanization and immigration in America c) The aftermath of the Nazis’ totalitarian control during World War 2 d) All of the above 10. Base is to Superstructure as: a) False needs is to Commodity Fetishism b) The Proletariat is to the Bourgeoisie c) Both a and b d)  Mode of production and the social order enforcing it is to the remainder of society, culture, technology, and institutions 11. The idea that the Proletariat have no relationship to their production or control over their labour is called: a) Communism/Socialism b) De-labourization c) Alienation d) Capitalization 12. For Marx, labour is: a) Something that shouldn’t exist. b) A creative, liberating, productive force. DISCLAIMER: PASS handouts are designed as a study aid only for use in PASS workshops. Handouts may contain errors, intentional or otherwise. It is up to the student to verify the information contained within. PLEASE NOTE: THIS HANDOUT IS NOT TO BE DISTRIBUTED.     3 c) A key to freedom when rightly owned/controlled. d) All of the above. e) B and C. 13. Which of the following is NOT a critique of Marxism: a) There is not specific direction as to how a “good society” would be structured b) There is not reflection on “socialism” as a potential ideology c) There is too much rigidity between the separation of Bourgeoisie and Proletariat d) There is only a focus on economic forces in class relationships, ignoring issues such as gender and race 14. In his early study of media consumptions and involvement in the communication policy process, Dallas Smythe focused on the following question(s): a) Who gets what (scarce) goods of communication when, how, and where b) Who takes what action in order to provide (scarce) goods of communication c) Who controls the influx of communication goods d) Both a and b 15. Hegemony: a) Is a creative, liberating, productive force b) Refers to how subordinate groups accept the ideas, values and leadership of the dominant group because concessions are made by dominant to subordinate groups c) Refers to how dominant groups accept the ideas, values and leadership of the subordinate group because concessions are made by subordinate to dominant groups d) All of the above 16. The goal of the Chicago School is to: a) Show how multiple, seemingly unconnected facts of social life evolved and are ultimately defined by class antagonism b) Understand the media’s role of people’s understanding c) Identify the modern means through which individuals collectively determine their societal future d) Achieve the great/organic community 17. Which of the following is NOT the context of the Chicago School: a) The emergence and development of urbanization and immigration in America b) The growth of community newspapers and transportation systems c) The closing of the frontier d) None of the above 18. Charles Cooley’s theory of the Looking Glass Self can generally be understood as: DISCLAIMER: PASS handouts are designed as a study aid only for use in PASS workshops. Handouts may contain errors, intentional or otherwise. It is up to the student to verify the information contained within. PLEASE NOTE: THIS HANDOUT IS NOT TO BE DISTRIBUTED.     4 a) You are what I think you think you are b) I am what I am c) I am what I think you think I am d) I am what you say I am 19. According to John Dewey, communication is central to the development of: a) Self b) Community c) Democracy d) All of the above 20. According to Harold Blumer, the theory of Symbolic Interactionism: a) Affirms we act towards others based on existing meanings we have b) Affirms language is the symbolic means through which we create meanings c) Affirms thought is how we assign meaning to language within the contexts we’re engaged in d) All of the above 21. According to Robert Park, communication makes possible the unity of social groups through: a) Understanding b) Dialogue c) Competition d) Both a and c 22. According to Cooley, modern communications media is essential for the structure of new communities but must be: a) Expressive, swift, diffuse, a permanent record b) Expressive, swift, diffuse, space-biased c) Time-biased, space-biased, diffuse, a permanent record d) Relational, swift, diffuse, a permanent record 23. According to Horkheimer and Adorno, dialectic of enlightenment refers to: a) How rational understanding was meant to replace authoritarianism but science/technology became authority and thus was a failure b) How rational understanding successfully replaced authoritarianism, paving the way for societal eventual freedom c) A historical period that transitioned from truth being associated to Gods to truth in human reason d) A debate between two sides DISCLAIMER: PASS handouts are designed as a study aid only for use in PASS workshops. Handouts may contain errors, intentional or otherwise. It is up to the student to verify the information contained within. PLEASE NOTE: THIS HANDOUT IS NOT TO BE DISTRIBUTED.     5 24. The Frankfurt School attempts to: a) Uncover totalitarian control b) Shed light on the emergence and proliferation of mass culture and reification of capitalism in the culture industry c) Both a and b d) Achieve a better democracy 25. False Needs are to True Needs as: a) Being independent is to being free b) Having an iPhone is to being free c) Having an iPhone is to having clothes to wear d) Both a and b 26. The notion that the consumer worships the money that they paid for the cultural experience more than the cultural experience itself refers to the concept of: a) Culture industry b) False needs c) Commodity fetishism d) All of the above 27. In “Work of Art,” Walter Benjamin: a) Assesses the effects of mass production and consumption and technology on works of art b) Argues art originally had “aura” that is weakened through mass production c) Argues mass production allows masses to participate in reception of works of art d) All of the above 28. Which of the following is a criticism of the Frankfurt School: a) They do not consider ways that consumers may appropriate culture b) The way they express their ideas is very dense and obscure c) Mass culture is not as homogenous as the Frankfurt School says d) All of the above 29. The Frankfurt School emerged: a) Out of the concern for the rise and acceptance of Fascism in Europe in the 1930s b) Amidst the civilian protests and uprisings in America occurring in the 1960s c) From the propaganda studies occurring after the end the Second World War d) None of the above DISCLAIMER: PASS handouts are designed as a study aid only for use in PASS workshops. Handouts may contain errors, intentional or otherwise. It is up to the student to verify the information contained within. PLEASE NOTE: THIS HANDOUT IS NOT TO BE DISTRIBUTED.     6 30. According to Habermas, communicative reason: a) Allows equal time for individuals to speak b) Seeks to persuade the other to your point of view c) Seeks common understanding of issues d) None of the above 31. Success of a public sphere depends on: a) Open access, autonomy, communicative reason, quality of participation b) Open access, autonomy, equal ability for input, quality of participation c) Ideal speech situation, autonomy, equal ability for input, communicative reason d) Validity claims, truth, structural transformation, quality of participation 32. The public sphere: a) Existed in 18C bourgeois society and was facilitated through media b) Has been corrupted by advertising and publicity and is now colonized by the system world c) Is an area where people can come together to talk about matters of personal interest d) All of the above e) Both A and b 33. Habermas’ book “Theory of Communicative Action” (1984/1987) argued: a) Public consensus directs what happens in society b) Instituting an ideal speech situation in the media and social discourse will start the process of re- developing a moral, progressive society c) Communicative reason should be replaced with instrumental reason d) All of the above 34. According to Habermas, communicative action is: a) Equated with the life world b) Equated with the private sphere c) The practice of rational, critical debate that allows for consensus to be achieved d) Both a and b 35. The goal of Habermas’ research is to: a) Identify the means through which individuals can collectively determine their societal future b) Fulfill the promise of modernity (reason, order, progress, technology) c) Achieve a better democracy d) Both a and b DISCLAIMER: PASS handouts are designed as a study aid only for use in PASS workshops. Handouts may contain errors, intentional or otherwise. It is up to the student to verify the information contained within. PLEASE NOTE: THIS HANDOUT IS NOT TO BE DISTRIBUTED.     7 36. Salience is: a) A picture in our heads b) That which makes an issue more noticeable c) What is prioritized on the political agenda d) None of the above 37. Agenda setting is: a) A process that prioritizes issues on the political, public, and media agenda b) That which makes an issue more noticeable c) How individuals understand issues d) None of the above 38. Framing, according to Goffman: a) Explains why media spin issues in certain ways b) Explains what constitutes our cultural belief systems and what doesn’t c) Explains what media tells us to think about d) All of the above 39. Media framing: a) Is constructed through communicator, text, receiver, and culture b) Is a central organizing theme that directs understanding of the story c) Tells us what to think about d) All of the above 40. If comparing agenda setting vs. framing, you could say: a) Agenda setting tells us what to pay attention to; framing tells us how to act or behave b) Agenda setting tells us how to think about things; framing tells us what to think about c) Agenda setting tells us what to think about; framing tells us how to think about things d) Agenda setting tells us how to act or behave; framing tells us what to pay attention to 41. According to Robert Entman, frames operate by: a) Defining problems b) Diagnosing causes c) Making moral judgments d) All of the above DISCLAIMER: PASS handouts are designed as a study aid only for use in PASS workshops. Handouts may contain errors, intentional or otherwise. It is up to the student to verify the information contained within. PLEASE NOTE: THIS HANDOUT IS NOT TO BE DISTRIBUTED.     8 42. Which of the following is NOT a location of framing processes: a) Communicator b) Text c) Message d) Culture 43. The goal(s) of the Columbia School is/are to: a) Understand the effects of media on audiences b) Understand media audiences c) Both a and b d) Co
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