SAMPLE EXAM ITEMS
The following sample exam items are provided for you to use while studying for this course. I recommend
using them first for self-testing: Treat them as if they were part of an actual exam, try to answer them correctly,
and then check your responses with the answers provided at the bottom of the page. This exercise can give you
a feel for the nature of exams in this course and the state of your preparation.
It is possible that a small number of items from these sample items may appear on the midterm and final exams.
1) A universal grammar is the syntax we use to transform ideas into something can be communicated to
others. If we wish to communicate an idea to another person, the idea starts off as _____________ and then
is transformed into _____________________.
a) superordinate; subordinate
b) deep structure; surface structure
c) use of rewrite rules; grammar usage
d) surface structure; deep structure
2) The classic work by Rosch and Oliver (1972) comparing color naming with the Dani and Americans
suggests that _________.
a) we all perceive color the same way and color names do not reflect perception
b) cultures perceive color differentl