in progress VERSION - updated 12/7/14- 90% complete


-- F '14 --  


              >>> TEST #2  <<< [Beebe, et al., 5e/6e/7e]


--Final exam session:  Mon 12/15/14@ 10:10am-12:10pm_ in FH:58A  --   

See below for three required advance test questions  

NOTE {READ THIS FIRST}  --- Remember, this course attempts to examine various factors which operate when people interact. You should think about the various units covered in the course content as interrelated, conceptual, and cumulative.

     This means that, in addition to knowing specific terms and their definitions, you should also be aware of what that item "looks like" in action and in coordination with other dynamics of human communication.   Also, you should be prepared to synthesize various course concepts and apply them to your explanations of human communication behaviors & encounters.

As you may have noticed in the feedback you received for Test #1,  more points are given to those answers which go beyond  superficial description,  but instead,  analyze human communication by explicitly applying concepts from the course & text and demonstrating insights and a deeper understanding.



  • Questions will probably be of the  Terminology Definitions, Short Answer, & Essay  types. Be prepared to analyze, compare and explain. 
  • Also, I will NOT use the same exact wording as in the books. Similarly, I expect you to use your own words in your answers. 
   re: PRIMARY CHAPTERS  For the in-class portion of the test, emphasis will be on Chapters  4 [Diversity] , 5 [Listening terms] , 7[NV], 8[Conflict Mgmt], 9,10,11,12[Family & Relational Interaction] --as well as the notes/activities relating to these areas.

Also see the grid below of  the basic topic areas that have been covered.

 Also take note of the now-familiar diagrams/figures [circumplex, comm.patterns, relational escalation, systems theory, etc]

This is a "pen & paper" formatted test that sportion of the test should take approx. 65 - 80 minutes
  • On Test 1,  some  people lost points  because of writing in general terms-- rather than citing specific terms/concepts from the  text & notes.
  • Review the handouts (online & hard copy) that have been used for class activities.  They  also indicate important concepts/terms from the text.
  • Review a  previous study sheet for sample questions
  • As you review your readings, make use of the chapter preview information as well as the post-chapter summaries & questions to ensure that you have fully understood the material within the chapter. 


 re: AREAS OF EMPHASIS FOR THIS TEST-- Also, be familiar with   terms/ concepts that were covered - including,  [BUT NOT LIMITED TO]  these items listed  in chart below:

 re: --

(of course, most of these areas overlap, so any given question can touch on several of these items at the same time.) ("grayed out" items were in text but , in class, were referred to only in passing this semester.  )  
Your Interpersonal Toolbox     [& all the competencies within it]  Relationships  (types, levels, dimensions  [Trst/Int/Pwr]  ,principles, stages, roles)    Co-culture
Self Disclosure (models, techniques, risks, effects)  Johari Window & Social Penetration model( re: self disclosure; & re: self concept)  Listening ( all types; key terms)
assertive/aggressive/passive symmetrical/complementary/parallel Cohesiveness/Adaptability
(circumplex, etc)
Linguistic Determinism (language = World View)   NA F11 Types/Sources of  Power  in Relationships  / P - ab 2 I  Conflict Management   [including sources styles, myths, tips]
Nonverbal Communication (including the various "subchannels") Affinity Seeking / Immediacy Systems Theory (in ALL of its many applications to human-communication)
Family (incl. types; as-a-system, models,homeostasis etc.)   Culture (elements, values, contexts, barriers homeostasis)  Other-Orientation & Empathy
Language: High/Low Context Word meaning is arbitrary Self-Fulfilling prophecy  & the pygmalion effect





[ to be completed at home & handed in  along with your in-class test] [ these will be worth  total of 18-21 pts. Distribution tbd] 

  < Each answer should be -1/2- 1 page long  [typed/double-spaced] & should integrate specific material from the relevant chapters &/or notes.>


  • 1.  Address items a- & b- below
    • a -  Using specific references to current or past relationships in your life, explain the difference among these types of relationships:  complementary  /vs/  symmetrical  /vs/  parallel
    • b - Then, in 2-3 additional sentences, take one of those relationships and  briefly discuss whether you have experienced  either the Dialectical Theory [spectrum]  AND/OR the Social Exchange Theory [cost -reward].  



  • 2. Read the scenario below.  Address items <a> & <b> below. Be careful not to generalize.  Within your answer, incorporate at least 3-4  specific, relevant insights from Chapters 9 & 10    (e.g.  attraction, liking, relationship-of-choice/circumstance, affinity-seeking , self-disclosure, etc, etc. Note: These 5 items are listed simply as examples of what I mean by potential "insights". They may or may not apply to this particular scenario.)  

        <a> Explain WHY the driver of Car #2  felt compelled to say  something to me.  
    Consider the clues in the scenario about such factors as: 

            > the cultural "elements" of the setting            


           > the level/type of relationship between me & the driver of



            > the various "Dynamics of Human Communication" that you

                have learned this semester.


     In light of these factors & insights, WHAT would have been an appropriate behavior response on  my part? and WHY? 

  The Scenario : (these events actually happened) 

       Not too long ago, I parked in a (relatively) small parking lot of a "Staples" store in northern New Jersey.  While I was walking toward the store, a few feet away from me, another car (= Car #1) started to back out very quickly--but the driver either did not seem to notice or did not care about me or another car (= Car #2) that was already proceeding up the lane toward the exit.  When Car #2 blew its horn as a warning, Car #1 nevertheless continued to back out in front of it anyway.  
     When Car #2 came abreast of me, the driver leaned out & said to me: "How do you like that guy?  I beeped at him & he still didn't  want to stop!" ... 




  • 3. Of  the many video/movie clips that were shown this semester, select the one that gave you the biggest insight into the dynamics of human interaction. (Belated apologies for clips thay had potentially offensive language/content!)  Then, complete a, b & c below.

        <a>  Explain the specific CONCEPT that the clip was being used to


        <b>  Explain WHY it gave you such an impact.

        <c>  Explain (specifically) HOW it could affect your future

                interpersonal communication technique (i.e. ...How will it add to

                   your "Interpersonal Toolbox"?)






               Extra Credit Question:.

>IF you opt to complete this question, you can gain  0 - 5 points added to your test score.  Just as with the other 3 required adv. ques., it should be completed at home & to be handed in along with your in-class test]  [typed/double-spaced]


>RE- View this movie clip:

  Final Scene from the movie: Big Night =

[ if link doesn't work, simply enter the URL into your browser]


In this 5 minute scene, you are viewing a conflict management scene which includes APOLOGY / RELATIONSHIP RENEGOTIATION / POWER PLAYS /  COMPLIANCE GAINING /and /  aftermath of CONFLICT - AS - FEVER


Take one of these listed factors and in one paragraph, explain the concept by clarifying how it was manifested in the video clip.





  last update: 12/7/14



















































































LEFTOVERS: not used this semester:


  p. 188 question # 6 (Beebe, et al. 5e )   [div/ethics/conflict]


Sympathy vs Empathy ( in Interpersonal Comm.)

Complete  p. 277 # 7 3e( via chapter 8 [Confl.Mngmnt]) )  You can tie in factors from other chapters, as well. 

p. 117 question # 6  [div/ethics/conflict] 4e

[IF you opt to complete it, This question will be worth 0 - 5 points added to your test score.  Just as with the other 3 required adv. ques., it should be completed at home & handed in along with your in-class test]  [typed/double-spaced]


   p. 310  Critical Thinking Question #3  (Beebe, et al. 6e ) 
[ Relationship Termination. Be sure your answer indicates that you know what the text means by "sudden death".]


Analyze  the excerpt below via referring to at least 3 relevant LANGUAGE principles from Chapter 6.  Be sure to be concrete & analytical as you discuss how the church skillfully used language to communicate both explicit & implicit messages. 

"St Clement's enjoys the privilege of welcoming many  people through its doors. Please be attentive to your personal belongings while you are here." from an actual  sign in the hallway of a NYC church