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Comm Final

Your final exam will be open on Canvas on Friday August 10th for the full day. You can take the exam

any time within the 24-hour timeframe, 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

exam, you will have to complete and submit it within the 2-hour 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 35 objective questions on the exam, each worth 2 points (70 points total).

These could include multiple choice questions and true/false statements.

The exam covers lectures, class discussion, academic readings, Chapter 6 and

Chapters 8-12 from the textbook

Everyday Talk.

Although the focus of this exam

will be on materials we learned after the mid-term, you are expected to be familiar

with the core concepts of this course such as identity, identity-work, discourse

practices, rhetorical and cultural perspectives.

Test questions with an application component may build on readings and

transcripts 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 components of

narratives) 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 communicative situations?

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 issues in the text that have not been discussed in class.

2. In addition to the objective questions, there will be 3 short answer questions that will be

worth a total of 30 points. These short answer questions will ask you to relate a few concepts

from class together and apply them to an example situation or analyze a transcript. For

example, one option could be providing you with an excerpt from the Dr. Laura and Jade

transcript (included in chapter 12) and asking you to identify three or four concepts from a

list of possible concepts in their talk, and then discuss how these discourse practices

communicate stances and do identity work.

On the back of this sheet is a list of important terms to know from the second half of

Everyday Talk

and the research readings we studied in this class.

For research articles, you should use the Weekly discussion guide posted on

Canvas as a study guide to prepare for exam questions based on these readings.

The final exam will cover

three articles:

Kitzinger & Frith (1999), and Cameron (2000).

Important Terms to Know

This list is not exhaustive of all the terms covered in class or in the book, but these highlight

some of the most important topics we’ve covered in class.

Conversational floor

Turn relevance places (TRP)

Locally managed turn-structure

Pre-allocated turn structure

Turn construction unit



Choral talk

Adjacency pair


Insertion sequence

Noticeably absent

Conversational preference

Conversationally dis-preferred act

Discourse markers

Direct style

Indirect style

Hint directives

Query directives



Mitigation markers



Involvement politeness style

Independence politeness style

Rude style


Master identity marked styles


Stance indicators

Belief stance

Skepticism stance

Hostile stance

Involvement stance

Unmarked forms

Marked forms

Modal devices

Extreme case formulations

Avowal of feeling

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