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1
A collection of symbols, letters or words with arbitrary meanings that are governed by rules and used to communicate are known as
A)culture
B)art
C)science
D)language
2
Allison was interested in determining how individuals use various words and symbols to construct meaning. Which of the following describes the communication phenomenon that Allison would be studying?
A)Semantics
B)Syntax
C)Pragmatics
D)Phatic Communication
3
Which of the following statements best describes the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis?
A)Reality shapes language
B)Reality and language are unrelated
C)Reality shapes thought
D)Language shapes reality
4
The agreed-upon meaning or dictionary meaning of a word is called
A)semantic meaning
B)connotative meaning
C)phatic meaning
D)denotative meaning
5
The semantic triangle suggests that words can be divided into one of three classifications. When referencing a desk used in your classroom, the desk itself that you sit in to take notes would represent which of the following terms in the semantic triangle?
A)Symbol
B)Reference
C)Referent
D)Abstraction
6
"What's up?" is an example of a
A)Cliché
B)Colloquialism
C)Slang
D)Euphemisms
7
In the Television industry they use words like "upfronts, ratings, make goods and stunts" which are what type of phrases?
A)slang
B)cliché
C)euphemism
D)jargon
8
Language that insults a group because of its color or ethnicity is called
A)sexist language
B)racist language
C)homosexual language
D)heterosexist language
9
Which of the following statements best exemplify dating?
A)English 101 with Dr. Jones is a breeze
B)John is a quiet person
C)Communication instructors are tough.
D)School was more difficult before the Internet was around.
10
After walking into his classroom on the first day and observing that a graduate teaching assistant would be his instructor, John decided that he was not going to learn anything in the course. Which of the following describes what John is doing to the situation?
A)making inferences
B)making systematic conclusions
C)making objective assumptions
D)making causal claims







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