Communications 300 Lesson 2

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This exam is for lesson 2. Communications 300


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  • 1. 
    Mill believes that society can only impose on an individual's liberty against his will in order to
    • A. 

      Prevent the individual from speaking out against society

    • B. 

      Correct a false opinion

    • C. 

      prevent harm to others

    • D. 

      never—imposing on anyone's liberty is unjustifiable

  • 2. 
    As stated by Mill, one of the greatest services that mankind can render one another is to
    • A. 

      refrain from challenging established truths

    • B. 

      Prove the world has been mistaken on a vital point of interest

    • C. 

      leave each person in peace with his/her own opinions

    • D. 

      seek to persuade all mankind to a proven truth

  • 3. 
    Which of the following is correct, according to the Hopkins text?
    • A. 

      America's legacy of free speech came from England, where the press has been free and uncensored since its introduction in the mid-1400s.

    • B. 

      The marketplace of ideas theory, attributed to John Milton, holds that truth will always prevail in competition with falsity.

    • C. 

      Traditional prior restraints include torture and death.

    • D. 

      Post-publication punishments are imposed before a text goes to print.

  • 4. 
    According to Mill, when an opinion is silenced
    • A. 

      The human race has been robbed

    • B. 

      Society loses the opportunity to strengthen truth by confronting a falsehood

    • C. 

      society loses the opportunity to discover new truth

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 5. 
    Mill believes it is wrong for individuals, societies, or governments to act on an opinion until it has been ultimately proven as truth.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 6. 
    Which of the following is not correct?
    • A. 

      With rare exceptions, state and federal governments can regulate expression based on the ideas contained in a particular expression.

    • B. 

      In general, governments are allowed to regulate the time, place, and manner in which expression takes place.

    • C. 

      Strict scrutiny of government regulation implies, in part, that government must impose the least restrictive means possible to achieve its compelling interests.

    • D. 

      Vague laws restricting expression are so unclear as to not be easily understood; overbroad laws restricting expression prohibit too much.

  • 7. 
    If there is a legal question about legislation violating individual rights of expression …
    • A. 

      The individuals whose rights are violated bear the burden of proof in showing that the legislation is unconstitutional or overbroad.

    • B. 

      The government bears the burden of proof that the legislation does not violate individual rights.

  • 8. 
    True or False? The Bill of Rights distinguishes between categories of people and the levels of protection of their rights.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 9. 
    How many people need to hold an opinion before it becomes valid?
    • A. 

      A majority

    • B. 

      A minority

    • C. 

      One

    • D. 

      none. An opinion doesn't become valid until it is proved as truth.

  • 10. 
    What does Mill suggest a "collision with error" does?
    • A. 

      Infringes on an individual's liberty

    • B. 

      Confirms truth

    • C. 

      Sways those with weak opinions

    • D. 

      neither strengthens nor weakens a listener

  • 11. 
    According to Mill, in order to really know something, an individual must
    • A. 

      Be able to recite the opinion/argument on request

    • B. 

      Be familiar with both sides of the case

    • C. 

      discuss opposing views with his/her teacher

    • D. 

      have documented proof

  • 12. 
    According to Mill, one of the evils which society should guard against is
    • A. 

      tyranny of individual

    • B. 

      tyranny of government

    • C. 

      tyranny of the minority

    • D. 

      Tyranny of the majority

  • 13. 
    According to Mill, it is wrong for an individual to refuse to hear another's opinion because it
    • A. 

      Is the duty of individuals in a society to tolerate each other

    • B. 

      is inconsiderate of others' beliefs

    • C. 

      Assumes that individual is infallible

    • D. 

      Weakens the liberty of the press

  • 14. 
    Which of the following is correct, according to the Hopkins text?
    • A. 

      When one was accused of seditious libel (or criticism of the government) in England and in the Colonies, the best defense was truth.

    • B. 

      In the John Peter Zenger trial, the jury refused to convict Zenger for printing truthful information.

    • C. 

      The Bill of Rights was part of the original Constitution.

    • D. 

      The First Amendment's proscription against abridging speech and press applied originally to both federal and state governments.

  • 15. 
    Which of the following is not correct?
    • A. 

      Gitlow v. New York (1925) extended the prohibition on interference with free speech and press rights to the states.

    • B. 

      State governments, just like the federal government, are bound to the federal constitution.

    • C. 

      State laws cannot grant fewer rights than those guaranteed by the federal constitution.

    • D. 

      Federal courts do not have authority to review the constitutionality of state laws.

  • 16. 
    True or False? The First Amendment applies to private universities in the same way that it applies to public universities.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 17. 
    True or False? According to Brandenburg v. Ohio (1969), government can only step in to stop speech when it incites imminent lawless action and is likely to produce such action.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 18. 
    Which of the following is most correct?
    • A. 

      The absolutist interpretation of the constitution has commanded a majority of the Supreme Court since the early 1900s.

    • B. 

      The Meiklejohnian interpretation of the constitution is that speech contributing to a self-governing society should receive absolute protection.

    • C. 

      Political speech is the least protected in our society because of our fear of anarchy.

    • D. 

      Commercial speech enjoys absolute and complete First Amendment protection.

  • 19. 
    Two ways of imposing rules of conduct on people are by
    • A. 

      opinion, then punishment

    • B. 

      instilled values, then law

    • C. 

      law, then opinion

    • D. 

      instilled values, then punishment

  • 20. 
    Which of the following is not correct?
    • A. 

      According to former Justice William Brennan, the First Amendment should be paramount in balancing individual rights.

    • B. 

      Professor Zecharian Chafee Jr.'s views could be summarized as follows: The more unstable or insecure the government, the greater the suppression of expression.

    • C. 

      The "watchdog" metaphor refers to the government's role as watchdog on the excesses of the press.

    • D. 

      The safety valve function of the press allows for societal change to occur while society still maintains its stability.

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