Dr. Rich Rowley  COMM 100: Public Speaking

COMM 100
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Final Exam

Quiz 1
Quiz 2
Quiz 3





Quiz 1 (Jaffe, Chapters 1-5 & 9)

  1. What is culture?

  2. What is rhetorical sensitivity?

  3. Compare oral, literate, and electronic cultures.

  4. In what ways does culture affect speaking?

  5. Define the components of the transactional communication model: sender-receivers, messages, context, noise, encoding, decoding, channels, feedback, etc.

  6. Explain each of the five canons of rhetoric.

  7. How can a speaker manage anxiety?

  8. Compare various common responses to diversity: resisting, assimilating, and accommodating.

  9. What are the values of ethical speaking?

  10. What are the ethical problems with plagiarism and fabrication?

  11. How can such things as cultural allusions and the speech-thought differential be barriers to listening?

  12. How can we improve our listening behavior?

  13. Recognize various types of questions which a listener might ask.

  14. How should a speaker respond to different types of audiences (pedestrian, passive, selected, etc.)?

  15. What demographic and situational characteristics are important in audience analysis?

  16. What are three types of credibility?

  17. How many main ideas (or points) should a speech develop?

  18. What traditional patterns are effective for organizing various types of material?

  19. Recognize the characteristics of alternative patterns for organizing presentations.

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Quiz 2 (Jaffe, Chapters 6-8, 12, 15 & 16 )

  1. What areas can you examine in deciding on a speaking topic?

  2. Recognize examples of topic, specific purpose, and central idea?

  3. What are primary and secondary sources of information?

  4. What is the value of the various library sources of information?

  5. How can the Internet be used for research?

  6. How should Internet resources be evaluated?

  7. Recognize major types of supporting materials: Definitions, descriptions, examples, quotations (testimony), statistics, and comparisons (analogies). 

  8. How can each type of evidence be evaluated? [Pay special attention to the "Stop and Check" sections of Chapter 8.]

  9. Distinguish between expert and peer testimony.

  10. Distinguish among the types of statistics discussed in Chapter 8.

  11. Compare various methods of displaying visual aids.

  12. Explain the use of various types of visual and audiovisual aids, including four kinds of graphs.

  13. How can computer technology be used to create visuals?

  14. What general guidelines govern the use of visuals?

  15. Explain the functions of narrative in oral presentations.

  16. What are the three tests of narrative reasoning?

  17. What are the five important elements of narrative?

  18. In what ways can an informative speaker meet the audience's needs for knowledge?

  19. What guidelines should be followed in informative speaking?

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Quiz 3 (Jaffe, Chapters 10, 11, 13, 14, 17, 18 & Appendix A)

  1. What goals should be met in a speech introduction?

  2. What methods can be used to achieve each of the goals of a speech introduction?

  3. What goals should be met in a conclusion?

  4. Distinguish among types of connectives: Signposts, transitions, previews, and summaries.

  5. What do the following terms mean with respect to outlining: Coordination, indentation, parallel points, and subordination?

  6. How does a content outline differ from a speaking outline?

  7. Recognize examples of terms defined throughout Chapter 13, including denotation, connotation, jargon, epithets, euphemisms, concrete & abstract words, alliteration, hyperbole, metaphor and simile.

  8. Give examples of emblems, illustrators, and adaptors?

  9. Describe effective eye contact.

  10. What are the characteristics of effective vocal delivery?

  11. Compare types of delivery: Impromptu, memorized, manuscript, and extemporaneous.

  12. Distinguish among three types of claim: Fact, value, and policy.

  13. How should a speaker's persuasive purposes shift with various types of audiences, for example, unconvinced, unmotivated, inconsistent, negative or hostile audiences?

  14. What are the characteristics and values of each of the organizational patterns discussed in Chapter 17?

  15. Recognize the parts of reasoning: Claim, evidence, warrant, qualifier, and rebuttal.

  16. Recognize various types of reasoning: Analogy, inductive, deductive, and causal. How can the strength of each type be tested?

  17. What is a fallacy of reasoning? Recognize the fallacies discussed.

  18. How can we test emotional appeals?

  19. What are the components of credibility (ethos)?

  20. What are the advantages and disadvantages of working in groups?

  21. What are the steps of the problem-solving method?

  22. Compare the three methods for presenting a group's findings?

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Last revised: August 17, 2003 .