COMM 2400 Midterm Study Guide
take the exam any time within the 24-hour time frame but you can only take the exam ONCE. As
an online exam, this test is open book and open note. However, this exam will be timed. Once
you start taking the test, you will have to complete and submit it within the 90-minute time limit.
So you should review the course materials thoroughly before beginning the exam. If you have
provided the appropriate documentation for additional time on your exams, extra time will be set
up for you.
1. There will be 30 objective questions on the exam, each worth 2 points (60 points total). These
include multiple choice questions, and true/false statements.
The exam covers lectures, class discussions, research readings, and Chapter 1-5 from the
. Test questions with an application component may build on
readings and transcriptions that we’ve read in class, but will not ask about the specific
content of these materials.
The exam is designed to assess your grasp of particular facts (e.g. the use of transcription
symbols) and check understandings of key course terms and theoretical relationships.
Most importantly, it will assess your analytic skill with these concepts. Can you
appropriately apply the concepts to examples we discussed in class as well as novel
Many of the questions relate directly to what we did in class, because lectures are
designed to reinforce and expand understanding of the text. At the same time, we cannot
cover everything from the text in class, and you are responsible for understanding the
concepts and issues in the text that have not been discussed in class.
2. In addition to the objective questions, there will be 2 short essay questions that will be worth a
total of 20 points. These essay questions will require you to apply course concepts to a transcript
of interaction, or to explain course concepts using your real-life examples. To complete these
questions, follow the instructions and be sure to address each part of the question
Research articles: You should use the discussion questions posted on Canvas course files as
a study guide to prepare for exam questions based on these readings.
Midterm exam will
cover two research articles we discussed in class, namely, Kitzinger (2005) and Billig (2001).
Important Terms to Know
This list is not exhaustive of all the terms covered in class or in the book, but these highlight the
most important ones we’ve covered in class.
Grice’s 4 conversational maxims
Face (3 domains: competence, autonomy,
Personal address (and 5 types)
Membership categorization device
5 categories of speech acts (John Searl)
4 principles of speech acts
Accounts & accounting (and 2 kinds)
Stable features of voice
Variable features of voice