CST 110 Introduction To Communication Test #1

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Hello Class,Using your textbook Chapters 5, 6, and 7, answer the multiple choice and true/false questions. Thank you for your participation. S. GoodwinCST 110Introduction to Communication


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The number of terms that a given culture has to describe a concept can indicate the controversial nature of that concept.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 2. 
    Disclaimers diminish a statement's importance.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 3. 
    Jargon is appropriate if the receiver is familiar with it.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 4. 
    Symbols and what they represent are independent of one another.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 5. 
    Benjamin Whorf believed that our words determine the reality that we are able to see.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 6. 
    Margo chastised her brother for using negative words.  She is practicing linguistic determinism.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 7. 
    Prejudiced language communicates a negative bias.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 8. 
    Culture determines a person's style of response - whether to be indirect and be concerned about the other person's saving face in public or be up front and direct.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 9. 
    "A unified system of symbols that permits a sharing of meaning" describes
    • A. 

      Words.

    • B. 

      The tirangle of meaning.

    • C. 

      Language.

    • D. 

      The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis.

  • 10. 
    The "triangle of meaning" was developed by
    • A. 

      Ogden and Richards.

    • B. 

      Sapir and Whorf.

    • C. 

      S. I. Hayakawa.

    • D. 

      Lewis Carroll.

  • 11. 
    The "triangle of meaning" shows that
    • A. 

      There is a direct relationship between words and things.

    • B. 

      There is no direct relationship between words and things.

    • C. 

      There can be a direct relationship between words and things if communication is effective.

    • D. 

      Figure and ground are often ambiguous.

  • 12. 
    Which of the following statements about words is not true?
    • A. 

      Words continually change meaning.

    • B. 

      The word is the thing.

    • C. 

      No one else will respond to a word exactly as you do.

    • D. 

      A word is a symbol.

  • 13. 
    Denotation refers to
    • A. 

      The triangle of meaning.

    • B. 

      Dictionary meaning.

    • C. 

      Personal meaning.

    • D. 

      Extensional meaning.

  • 14. 
    The connotative meaning of a word is
    • A. 

      Its personal meaning of someone.

    • B. 

      Its dictionary definition.

    • C. 

      An object associated with the word.

    • D. 

      A "tag question" that could be aked about it.

  • 15. 
    Meaning is
    • A. 

      Both denotative and connotative.

    • B. 

      Affected by time and place.

    • C. 

      Affected by gender and culture.

    • D. 

      All of the above.

  • 16. 
    Sapir and Whorf postulated that in many ways
    • A. 

      The Japanese language keeps women "in their place"

    • B. 

      Men and women speak different "gender-lects"

    • C. 

      Words help mold our perception of reality

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 17. 
    According to Robin Lakoff, which of the following groups has a tendency to use "tag questions"?
    • A. 

      Men

    • B. 

      Women

    • C. 

      "powertalkers"

    • D. 

      Doctors

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 18. 
    Which of the following statements about "powertalkers" is most accurate?
    • A. 

      They make definite statements.

    • B. 

      Their speech frequently includes "hedges."

    • C. 

      They ask many "tag questions."

    • D. 

      They do not hesitate to utter "nonfluencies."

  • 19. 
    When people "bypass" one another, they use
    • A. 

      Different words to represent the same thing.

    • B. 

      The same words to represent the same thing.

    • C. 

      Different words to represent different things.

    • D. 

      The same word but give it different meanings.

    • E. 

      Different words to represent the same thing, and the same word but give it different meanings.

  • 20. 
    To avoid bypassing, you should
    • A. 

      Be word-minded instead of person-minded.

    • B. 

      Be person-minded instead of word-minded.

    • C. 

      Think positively; consider it impossible for people to misunderstand one another

    • D. 

      Remember that "the word is the thing."

    • E. 

      None of the above; it is impossible to avoid bypassing.

  • 21. 
    When we take time to look beyond words and inspect the thing itself, our orientation is said to be
    • A. 

      Triangular.

    • B. 

      Denotative.

    • C. 

      Connotative.

    • D. 

      Extensional.

    • E. 

      Intensional.

  • 22. 
    In market jargon, another term for labeling is
    • A. 

      Naming.

    • B. 

      Branding.

    • C. 

      Conning.

    • D. 

      Empowering.

  • 23. 
    Which of the following is true about "politically correct language"?
    • A. 

      It means the same thing to everyone.

    • B. 

      It may blunt the sharpness of the words we use.

    • C. 

      It reveals our sensitivity to the preferences of those we converse with.

    • D. 

      Both B and C

  • 24. 
    "Snarl" words and "purr" words
    • A. 

      Describe people or things we are talking about.

    • B. 

      Describe our own feelings and attitudes.

    • C. 

      Are sublanguages.

    • D. 

      Are "nonfluencies."

  • 25. 
    Meanings are in
    • A. 

      People.

    • B. 

      Words.

    • C. 

      Things.

    • D. 

      All of the above.

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