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A Study Guide for Midterm exam

Please bring a Scantron form 882. The exam will be composed of modified "fill in the blanks" format questions. This  exam will also ask you to identify sections from particular speeches you have read or seen.  There will be an optional essay question in which you may explain which new critique of a speech you thought was most stimulating and why.  There are no questions on usage and grammar.

Study Guide for 301 Final Exam for Spring 2001


The exam will be composed of modified "fill in the blanks" format questions.


The final exam is comprehensive and includes material from the first part of the class. The following matters are new items to study for the final exam.


In what are the major concepts and predictions derived from

Social judgment-involvement theory (including the concept of

               --according to this theory, how are highly ego-involved people

              The elaboration likelihood model?

               --what type of message is most persuasive on each pathway to


Functional perspective on group decision making

McLuhan’s technological determinism

Agenda setting theory

Coordinated management of meaning

Expectancy violations theory

Anxiety-Uncertainty reduction theory

Speech Codes theory

Genderlect Styles

What are Cialdini’s influence strategies?

What advantages may groups have over individual problem solving?

What are the dimensions of credibility and how may one increase credibility?

What are the major methods used to inspire people during crises (such as illustrated by Churchill and Roosevelt)?

What are the major elements of the theories presented in class reports?

What are the major categories of nonverbal communication and what are their influences on communication?

What are the differences between verbal and factual disputes?

What are the forms of gestures that show variability across cultures?

What are the alternative forms of ethics covered in the reading?

Be prepared to identify quotations from speeches we read and saw.


Here are the questions from the Midterm Study Guide

What are liberal studies?

What were the major contributions made by Aristotle, Plato, Cicero, Quintilian, Augustine, and Bacon?

What were the major themes of the study of communication in the classical, medieval, and Renaissance periods?

What is communication?

What are the elements of Berlo's SMCR model?

What are the forms of disconfirming communication behaviors?

What are the differences between the approaches taken by scholars who examine communication from a humanist and scientific point of view?

What are the canons of rhetoric in neo-Aristotelian criticism?

What are the elements of the Burkean pentad?

What are meant by stylistic or linguistic criticism, genre criticism, and fantasy theme analysis?

In the history of communication described by Griffin, what were the major emphases in each time period of the twentieth century?

What are the standards of ethics described in the textbook and mentioned in class?

In Bormann's symbolic convergence theory what are the requirements for good objective theory and good interpretive theory?

What is meant by Maslow's hierarchy of needs?

What are values?

What are the methods of apologetic rhetoric?

What are the elements and criticisms of uncertainty reduction theory?

What are the assumptions of the communication styles approach?

What are the habits of people with different communication styles?

How may one identify values in others' speech?

What are the steps involved in preparing effective speeches (the 10 commandments)?

What are some bad listening habits that people have?

What are the elements that can contribute to improved listening abilitites?