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COMM 300 MIDTERM EXAM

COMM 300 MIDTERM EXAM

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1. One of the issues to consider in defining communication is intentionality. Which of the following best exemplifies the belief that communication must be intentional?
2. Having a conversation with someone over walkie-talkies is an example of which model of the communication process?
3. Communication is considered transactional when
4. Selecting the word rage to label your feeling of anger is a process known as
5. Littlejohn defines a theory as "any conceptual representation or explanation of a phenomenon." Based on our class discussion, why is
6. The ultimate goal of communication theory development is to produce an accumulating body of reliable knowledge enabling us to
7. A theorist who asks, "Should I develop a theory that will change society's view of gay marriage?" is asking him/herself a question that pertains to the area of
8. Theories about communication phenomena
9. All theories must
10. When you are unable to see the concepts explained in a theory operating in real life, the theory does not have
11. Symbolic interaction theory argues that meaning 
12. According to Mead, one of the most critical activities people accomplish through thought is
13. The looking-glass self is best defined as
14. True or False? One of Mead's ontological assumptions is that human communication is social.
15. Coordinated management of meaning
16. Which of the following is a speech act?
17. Deanna and her son Aidan are talking about manners. Deanna tells Aidan, "Cover your mouth when you sneeze." This is an example of which type of rule?
18. Cognitive dissonance can be defined as
19. You believe that smoking is dangerous to your health; and yet, you smoke a pack of cigarettes a day. When this inconsistency is pointed out to you, you are likely to experience
20. When confronted with the fact that you smoke even though you think it is bad for you, you rationalize that it's okay for you to smoke because you are under a tremendous amount of stress in college and smoking helps to calm your nerves. This rationalization process is likely to
21. Which of the following is an assumption of Cognitive Dissonance Theory?
22. According to URT, the two primary goals of individuals engaged in an initial interaction are _________________ and __________________.
23. In the ____________ phase of interpersonal communication, self-disclosure increases as parties begin to reduce their uncertainty about one another.
24. Relationships in which costs exceed rewards are perceived as being
25. We are likely to leave a relationship when our satisfaction is __________ and our comparison level for alternatives is __________.
26. All of the following statements about self disclosure are true EXCEPT
27. Julianne and Ricardo have reached the point in their relationship at which they openly express their thoughts and feelings with one another. Their communication is viewed as being efficient. Which stage of social penetration describes the current state of their relationship?
28. Kip has been dating Theresa for less than a month. During a recent date, he discovered that he was uncomfortable because he had revealed a lot of information about his dysfunctional childhood to Theresa but had not told her about the time he was arrested for driving under the influence. Which dialectical tension is Kip experiencing
29. Relational dialectics is grounded in four main assumptions that reflect its contentions about relational life EXCEPT
30. People share more information about themselves spontaneously in the personal phase of relationship development.
Part II. Symbolic Interaction Theory – Short Essay – at least 250 words
Analyze this scene from the movie “You’ve Got Mail.”  It takes place in an elevator where Joe Fox (the Tom Hanks character) and his girlfriend (Parker Posey) and two other people get stuck in an elevator:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7eMH8QoMZk
Using the list of seven “assumptions” about Symbolic Interaction Theory describe how this scene in the elevator explains four of them.  Hint:  Look at nonverbal as well as verbal behaviors.  Be specific


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