Comm 118 Exam 2 Practice Test

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  • 1. 
    Which stage of cognitive development best describes a child (age three) who has difficulty understanding character transformations in the media, such as Peter Parker’s transformation into Spider Man?
    • A. 

      Preoperational

    • B. 

      Sensorimotor

    • C. 

      Formal Operational

    • D. 

      Concrete Operational

  • 2. 
     Lisa loves the Hunger Games movies. In the movies, each district sends one boy and girl to the Capitol to participate in the Games. At the Games, these “Tributes” fight to the death. Lisa knows that a society like this is impossible, but she is willing to go along with it. This acceptance of far-fetched ideas is explained by what theory?
    • A. 

      Parasocial Relationship

    • B. 

      Suspension of Disbelief

    • C. 

      Identification

    • D. 

      Excitation Transfer

  • 3. 
    Kelly is interested in media effects research. She wants to examine the violence in a television show to gage its effects on viewers. She has decided to numerically describe the content of American Horror Story. Kelly’s method is an example of a(n)
    • A. 

      Survey

    • B. 

      Experiment

    • C. 

      Content Analysis

    • D. 

      None of these

  • 4. 
      Mark watched a new film and thought the movie was fun but did not think it contained a lesson; he wants to watch the movie again. Alex watched a new film and thought the movie had inner beauty, courage, and a lesson; he does not want to watch the movie again. Which statement is most likely true?
    • A. 

      The movie Mark watched was about a serious topic such as slavery

    • B. 

      The movie Alex watched was about an underage drinking party

    • C. 

      Mark enjoyed the film and Alex appreciated the film

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 5. 
    16-year-old John is looking at two pictures. Picture A is of a zombie cartoon and Picture B is of an actor dressed as a zombie. Why would Picture B (actor) be more frightening to John?
    • A. 

      The more similar the stimulus is to a real-life situation, the more we will be influenced

    • B. 

      The more dissimilar the stimulus is to a real-life situation, the more we will be influenced

    • C. 

      The more similar the stimulus is to a real-life situation, the less we will be influenced

    • D. 

      The pictures will be equally frightening to John

  • 6. 
    During a study trying to determine how much the type of media we consume affects our mood, researchers looked at the effects of showing a sad versus a happy movie. Half of the participants of the study were asked to sit through a movie that had an overall happy theme, and likewise the other half of the participants were asked to watch a movie with an overall negative/sad feel. At the end of the movie both groups of participants were given a sheet that asked the same questions regarding their sentiments not about the movie, but about how they felt in general at that point in time. What kind of research method was demonstrated by this process?
    • A. 

      Content Analysis

    • B. 

      Survey

    • C. 

      Experiment

    • D. 

      Codebooks

  • 7. 
    On the big day that his favorite sports team played the most important game of the season, David was extremely pumped up. The arousal that he felt as the game progressed only seemed to increase. The game was a close one, but his favorite team won which called for a celebration. He then went out with his friends to the bar to celebrate the win. He carried the excitement that he felt about the victory with him when he went out with his friends and had one of the best nights of his life. What theory did David exhibit?
    • A. 

      Affective Disposition Theory

    • B. 

      Mood Induction

    • C. 

      Desensitation

    • D. 

      Excitement Transfer

  • 8. 
    Emily not only watches a lot of scary and violent movies but also watches news that usually relates to things such as robberies, murders, and sexual violence. Because of this overwhelming exposure to the most dangerous things in todays society she is very skeptical about the town she lives in. She thinks that she is likely to be assaulted and makes sure to lock everything every time she leaves the house in case someone decides to rob the house. Emily is mostly demonstrating what concept?
    • A. 

      Mean World Syndrome

    • B. 

      Cultivation

    • C. 

      Desensitization

    • D. 

      Fright

  • 9. 
     As of late February, Janie notices that people around her are talking about how video games are making children her age more violent. Her teachers are starting to say that the children who enact in rough and tumble play on the playground are mimicking the video games that they play at home. She has even heard some celebrities on the news as her parents watch television who think that video games as a whole are making people more violent. What are these teachers and professionals displaying?
    • A. 

      Media violence

    • B. 

      Need satisfactiom

    • C. 

      Flow

    • D. 

      Moral panic

  • 10. 
     Kelly is watching Prison Break, and sees her favorite character, Michael Scoffield is being brutally beaten by another prison inmate. She feels for him and hopes he is okay because he is her favorite character and she wants him to do good. This is an example of...
    • A. 

      Mood Induction

    • B. 

      Catharsis

    • C. 

      Affective Disposition Theory

    • D. 

      Mean World Syndrome

  • 11. 
    Jenny and Whitney are watching a scary movie. The murderer has just come in and shot the babysitter; both girls scream and their hearts are now racing. A couple moments later, they hear the front door open and scream in terror. Their emotions are heightened and they are even more scared than they would be on any normal night. Why does this occur?
    • A. 

      Excitation Transfer

    • B. 

      Desensitization

    • C. 

      Counter Conditioning

    • D. 

      Gender-based Stereotypes

  • 12. 
    While watching Gossip Girl, I am reminded of my days in high school. Blaire Waldorf is comparable to some of my friends and I feel like Blaire and I are best friends. Why is this?
    • A. 

      Appreciation

    • B. 

      Parasocial Relationships

    • C. 

      Identification

    • D. 

      Catharsis

  • 13. 
    Johnny, a seven year old child, watches a PG-13 television show with massive amounts of violence. The next day in school, he sees some of his classmates beating up on one of the smaller boys. However, Johnny does not seem to be terribly bothered by the bullying, and does not run to tell the teacher about what is going on. How come?
    • A. 

      Mean World Syndrome

    • B. 

      Desensitation

    • C. 

      General Affective Aggression Model

    • D. 

      Moral Panic

  • 14. 
     A large group of people are asked a series of detailed, specific, in-depth questions regarding the type of media they consume on a daily basis. This is an example of what type of research method?
    • A. 

      Codebook

    • B. 

      Content Analyssi

    • C. 

      Experiment

    • D. 

      Survey

  • 15. 
    John happens to be in a really good mood because he got an A on his test. After class John sits down to watch a TV show. If the TV show lifts John’s spirits and he chooses to watch it this an example of what in the theory of mood management?
    • A. 

      Behavioral Affinity

    • B. 

      Emotions

    • C. 

      Absorbing potential

    • D. 

      Hedonic Valence

  • 16. 
     Joe is a 4 year old child who loves spending time watching TV and playing on his mom’s iPad and cell phone. Joe seems to have a hard time deciding what is fantasy and what is reality. What stage of cognitive development does Joe fit into?
    • A. 

      Preoperational

    • B. 

      Sensorimotor

    • C. 

      Conrete Operational

    • D. 

      Format Operational

  • 17. 
    Derek has been known to be an aggressive child throughout his life. His mother bought him a very action packed video game that includes boxing along with some violence. She believe that this will help Derek release some of his aggression so it won’t be taken out on his friends and family anymore. What concept from class is Derek’s mom following?
    • A. 

      Proteus Effect

    • B. 

      Mean World Syndrome

    • C. 

      General Affective Aggressive Model

    • D. 

      Catharsis

  • 18. 
     In the latest video game, the users are able to create their avatar all the way down to what color shoes they are wearing. The makers of the video game believe that people will play the game differently depending on how attractive their character is or even the gender of their character. What topic from class defines this belief?
    • A. 

      Player Experience of Need Satisfaction Scale

    • B. 

      Content Analysis

    • C. 

      Proteus Effect

    • D. 

      Flow

  • 19. 
    Characteristics of moods consist of:
    • A. 

      No identifiable target

    • B. 

      Long lasting

    • C. 

      Usually higher arousal

    • D. 

      Usually determined by valence

    • E. 

      A, C, and D

    • F. 

      A, B, and D

  • 20. 
    Clementine is a child who has just begun to speak in ways that involve figurative language.  The other day she was commenting on how she had felt bad for homeless people.  This can be attributed to which stage in cognitive development?
    • A. 

      Preoperational

    • B. 

      Concrete Operational

    • C. 

      Sensorimotor

    • D. 

      Formal Operational

  • 21. 
    When Janey’s brothers forced her to watch a scary movie with them one night, she stayed up all night with a fast heart rate, she found herself looking all over her bedroom spastically, and she had the chills. What was happening to Janey that night?
    • A. 

      She was becoming desensitized

    • B. 

      She was experiencing moral panic

    • C. 

      She was having physiological reactions

    • D. 

      She was experiencing cultivation of fear

  • 22. 
     When studying children, when given the chance to chose between chocolate or ginger root, the children always chose the chocolate. This is an example of
    • A. 

      Convergence

    • B. 

      Replication

    • C. 

      Sameness

    • D. 

      Observational similarity of character

  • 23. 
    A child is traumatized by the movie Mac and Me, in order to help the child get over this problem, the child's mother does not bring the subject up and often changes the topic if it is brought up. What type of strategy is this?
    • A. 

      Non-cognitive strategy

    • B. 

      Cognitive strategy

    • C. 

      Freudiant stratgey

    • D. 

      Behavioral modification strategy

  • 24. 
      Ally has just gotten started with a new video game that really captures her attention. She can stay on the console playing for hours! She has just enough skill to complete the challenges presented to her. What would you call this phenomenon?
    • A. 

      Relatedness

    • B. 

      Autonomy

    • C. 

      Flow

    • D. 

      Excitement

  • 25. 
    Jill, a 4 year old, is watching a comedy about losing a job on TV. She enjoys watching because of all the laughing, but does not comprehend the perspectives of what these people are going through, because she has yet to experience it herself. What part of the preoperational stage would this describe?
    • A. 

      Sensiromotor

    • B. 

      Egocentrism

    • C. 

      Centration

    • D. 

      Cognitive development

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