The test will consist of 50 objective multiple-choice questions on information drawn from the course readings and class lectures. The purpose of the test is to assess acquisition of core terminology and concepts covered in the course, so your study habits for the test should be designed to ensure that you are familiar with these major terms and concepts discussed in the readings and lecture. When the study guide simply lists a particular term, you should know its definition, contextual usage, and potential examples of it. The study guide covers the major items on the test, but as indicated in the syllabus, you are responsible for all of the information in the assigned readings, whether or not it is explicitly discussed in class lectures or the study guide.
Below are specific items from each reading about which you should expect questions on the midterm:
• Chapter 1: Similarities/differences between public speaking and conversation; linear and transactional processes; audience-centeredness; key terms; audience’s cultural diversity; ethical communication
• Chapter 5: situational characteristics; incorporating demographics; key terms; types of feedback; credibility; culture; stereotyping, prior exposure, surveying your audience, identifying audience disposition
• Chapter 6: Techniques on how to find a topic, rhetorical purpose, thesis statement, key terms
• Chapter 7: Creating a research plan (inventory, finding sources, keep track of sources); evaluating a source’s credibility; conducting library research; advantages and disadvantages of internet research; interviewing sources; criteria for evaluating Web sources; key terms
• Chapter 8: why use supporting materials; types of supporting materials; expert vs. lay testimony; analogies (literal and figurative); different learning styles; types of definitions; guidelines for using statistics; key terms
• Chapter 9: main points and subordination (appropriate number and organization); organizational patterns (chronological (temporal),