SPCM 212
Review Sheet and Practice Questions for the Final Exam
Here is a break down of the number of Multiple Choice questions that are based on book chapters or the lectures material we covered during the week that book chapter was assigned. Chapter 1 and early lectures: 2 questions; chapter 6: 2 questions; chapter 7: 4 questions; chapter 8: 4 questions; chapter 10: 2 questions; chapter 11: 7 questions;  chapter 15: 15 questions; chapter 16: 16 questions; chapter 17: 8 questions.

Below is a discussion of the terms and concepts on which the questions from the book and lecture are based.  If you cannot find information about an issue in the textbook, be sure to look at the lecture notes.
 



 


1. Chapter 1

2. Chapter 6 3. Chapter 7 4. Chapter 8 5. Chapter 10 6. Chapter 11 6. Chapter 15 8. Chapter 16 9. Chapter 17


A Handful of Sample Final Exam Questions
(Another valuable resource for study support is the study questions for each chapter available on the CD-ROM.)


 


1. Expert testimony is a good way to develop the ______ appeal in your speech.

a. ethos
b. pathos
c. logos
d. significance
e. none of the above
2. Regardless of the type of speech, the last sentence in your introduction will almost always
a. be brief
b. reveal the topic
c. be a preview
d. gain attention and interest
e. establish your credibility
3. According to your text _________ is especially appropriate in the conclusion to a persuasive speech of policy
a. a statistic
b. a call to action
c. an example
d. all of the above
e. a and b only
4. Below are three main points and two sub-points from a speech on a question of policy.  Which is the third main point?
a.  There are several major causes of the problem of unreliable 911 operation.
b.  When calls do get through, operators do not always send help promptly.
c.  The growing unreliability of the 911 emergency system is a serious problem.
d.  Recent studies show that in some locations many 911 calls never get through.
e.  An effective solution would involve upgrading both technology and operator training.
5.  Unscramble the outline in question and 7 and then indicate which pattern of organization is used.
a. problem-solution
b. problem-cause-solution
c. comparative advantages
d. Monroe's Motivated sequence
e. topical
6. "He had a broad face and a little round belly, that shook when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly."  This is an example of
a. simile
b. metaphor
c. antithesis
d. parallelism
e. repetition
7.  "My fright-flick fanaticism was taking a toll on my everyday life."  This is an example of
a. simile
b. metaphor
c. alliteration
d. parallelism
e. repetition
8.  In the "My Grandfather" text in the workbook the speaker uses which language strategy to introduce each main point in the body? [hint: "He didn't just speak of . . . .]
a. simile
b. metaphor
c. antithesis
d. alliteration
e. repetition
9. Which of the following specific purpose statements is from a persuasive speech of policy seeking passive agreement?
a. To persuade my audience to donate blood.
b. To persuade my audience that they should donate money to Habitat for Humanity.
c. To persuade my audience that the University should build a parking garage on the North side of campus.
d. To persuade my audience that UFO's have visited the earth.
e. b, c and d
10. Which of the following statements is the kind of statement you would find in the problem (need) section of a speech on a question of policy?
a. "Brazil's enforcement efforts have made a difference in controlling the number of acres cleared."
b. "Recently, Brazil has renewed its commitment to enforce the laws that fine those who exceed limits on clearing land in the rain forest."
c. "In 1995 11,200 square miles of the Amazon rain forest in Brazil was burned or cleared."
d. none of the above
e. a and c only
11. In a special occasion speech we use a strategy of "identification" in order to
a. be clear about the subject and what they did to deserve praise
b. reinforce our community by showing how the subject of the speech can have an impact on us.
c. identify the people we are praising in the speech
d. make the subject larger than life
e. to isolate the situated subject of the discourse
12. "To persuade my audience to conserve water" is a specific purpose statement for a persuasive speech of
a. fact
b. value
c. conviction
d. policy
e. it's not persuasive it's informative
13. "To persuade my audience to conserve water" is an example of a specific purpose statement for a persuasive speech our textbook would say was aiming at
a. immediate action
b. passive agreement
c. building community
d. entertaining the audience
e. soliciting audience response
14.  The part of the Roman Rhetorical Canon referring to the study of style and language use is called
a. inventio
b. dispositio
c. pronunciatio
d. elocutio
e. memoria
 
Short Answer Section Example:  These are some of the ways we might cover material on the short answer section of the final exam

Part A:  Read the following Specific Purpose Statement for a persuasive speech of policy carefully and then answer the questions that follow.  You will need to do some creative thinking for this part of the test.  Many of the questions aim to test your skills at "inventio."

 To persuade my audience that the State of Iowa should require motorcyclists of all ages to wear helmets when riding.

1.  What would be one thing that a speaker giving such a speech would have to prove in order to show that there was a Problem (or need)?
 

2.  If the speaker proposed a plan that the state legislature pass a law in Iowa that required all motorcyclists to wear helmets, what might be one thing that the speaker could do to prove the practicality of the proposal?
 
 

3. What might be one objection to the plan in the minds of some audience members that a speaker would have to be prepared to respond to?
 

4. What pattern of organization might you use for a speech on this topic and why?
 

5.  Create an attention-getter for a speech on this topic.
 

6. Create a transition to connect two of the major points you would likely make in a speech on this topic.
 

7. What would be an example of an argument from principle you might make concerning the pros or the cons of a motorcycle helmet law.
 

PART B:  Read the following set of main points from a speech given during the special occasion speech round.  Then answer the questions that follow.

 I. Johnny Appleseed shows us the spirit of dedication.
 II. Johnny Appleseed shows us the spirit of hard-work
 III. Johnny Appleseed shows us the spirit of productivity.

1.  Following the guidelines presented in the textbook, write a specific purpose statement for a speech with these main points.
 

2.  Following the guidelines presented in the textbook, write a central idea for a speech with these main points.
 

3. What is the pattern of organization?
 
 

4.  Create 3 examples of stylistic devices that you could use to develop the content of a speech on this topic.  Be sure to identify which stylistic devices you are using.
 
 


 


Answers to Multiple Choice Practice Questions

1. a. ethos
2. c. be a preview
3. b. a call to action
4. e.  An effective solution would involve upgrading both technology and operator training.

The unscrambled outline should look like this:
I. The growing unreliability of the 911 emergency system is a serious problem.
II. Recent studies show that in some locations many 911 calls never get through.
    A. When calls do get through, operators do not always send help promptly.
    B. There are several major causes of the problem of unreliable 911 operation.
III. An effective solution would involve upgrading both technology and operator training.

5.  b. problem-cause-solution
6. a. simile
7. c. alliteration
8. e. repetition
9. c. To persuade my audience that the University should build a parking garage on the North side of campus.
10. "In 1995 11,200 square miles of the Amazon rain forest in Brazil was burned or cleared."
11. b. reinforce our community by showing how the subject of the speech can have an impact on us.
12. d. policy
13. a. immediate action
14. d. elocutio