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ORAL COMMUNICATION

Media and Information Literacy


MIDTERM EXAMINATION
PART 1. General Directions: Answer the 17-item multiple choice test in one period. Shade the letter of
your answer on your answer sheet.
1. Which Latin word is communication derived from?
A. communicare
B. common
C. culture

D. language

2. In the Interactive Model of communication, it is explained that the higher the degree of similarity of field
of experience the communicators have, the higher the possibility of communication taking place. Which
of the following word describes this situation?
A. bibliophile
B. homophily
C. agape
D. sophists
3. The transactional and interactive model of communication differ greatly from each other but shares one
common element. Which of the following is it?
A. time
B. noise
C. symbolism
D. field of experience
4. The following are common forms of communication breakdown. Which one is NOT?
A. listening problems
C. dominating the conversation
B. refusing to communicate
D. considering the educational attainment
5. The following are speakers purpose for communicating. Which is NOT?
A. to inform
B. to argue C. to dominate
D. to entertain
6. Which of the following oral texts shows a one-to-many communication pattern?
A. giving a speech
B. panel interview C. talking to a friend
D. writing a speech
7. Which of the speech or communication contexts refers to the study of the transborder
transfer of information, data, opinions, and values by groups, institutions, and
governments, as well as the issues that arise from the transfer?
A. international
B. cross-cultural
C. global
D. intercultural
8. Which of the speech or communication contexts refers to comparing phenomena across
cultures. Thus, a cross-cultural study of womens roles in society would compare what
women actually do in diverse cultures?
A. international
B. cross-cultural
C. global
D. intercultural
9. The following are characteristics of communication, EXCEPT?
A. It involves two or more people.
C. It does not involve exchange of meaning.
B. It is a continuous process.
D. It uses words and symbols.
10.
Which of the characteristics of communication explains that it is an endless process, as
is the case with business where the manager continuously assigns work to his
subordinates, tries to know the progress of the work and gives directions?
A. It involves two or more people.
C. It is a direct and indirect process.
B. It is a continuous process.
D. It uses words and symbols.
11. Which of the following is true about linear and interactive models of communication?
A. Both requires an initial sender.C. Both requires field of experience
B. Both requires a channel.
D. Both requires feedback
12. The following statements are distinguishable features of transactional model of communication,
EXCEPT?
A. It is an ongoing and continuously changing process.
B. Its various elements are interdependent and one cannot exist without the other.
C. Each communicator responds depending on the environmental factors and their
individual field of experience.
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D. It has a sender that encodes the message, delivers it via a chosen channel and the
receiver receives the message and the process ends there.
13. Which of the following statements best describes a verbal communication process? (CK)
A. It involves the use of words.
B. It involves the use of words and symbols.
C. It involves the use of words in oral and written form.
D. It involves both words, facial expression and body language.
14. The following statements distinguish oral communication from written communication, EXCEPT?
A. It has immediate feedback.
B. It involves interpersonal communication process.
C. It involves mainly intrapersonal communication process.
D. It uses both verbal and non-verbal communication process.
15. This is a source of communication breakdown due to changes of meaning of words from one society to
another.
A. linguistic differences
C. inattention
B. information overload
D. time pressure
16. When on the spot interview, what could best explain why some interviewees are not able to answer
immediately if not correctly?
A. linguistic differences
C. inattention
B. information overload
D. time pressure
17. What function of communication is shown when a family holds reunion in order for the younger
generation to get to know and respect their elderly?
A. regulation
C. motivation
B. social interaction
D. information
PART 2. General Directions: Answer the 40-item multiple choice test in an hour. Watch each video and
answer the questions that follow. Shade the letter of your answer on your answer sheet.
For items 18 to 23, watch Video 1 (1:38 minutes)
18. What is the communicative task shown in the video?
A. Giving a presentation
C. Doing telephone call
B. Giving a speech
D. Inspiring people
19. What style did the officer use to communicate with the child?
A. passive speaker
C. storyteller
B. content-rich speaker
D. humorous speaker
20. Which of the following strategies that the 911 call receiver/agent evidently used to avoid communication
breakdown with the child?
I. Lively Intonation
II. Clarity of voice inflection
III. Intimacy in the use of touch
IV. Mild tone of voice
A. I, II, III, IV
B. I, II, II
C. I, III, IV
D. I, II, IV
21. What was the purpose of the 911 call agent in using a slightly caring voice?
A. Because the call was from a 4 year old child and it obviously funny.
B. Because the call was not an emergency and is just a waste of his time.
C. Because the call was from a 4 year old child and he wanted to tutor the child.
D. Because the call was from a 4 year old child and he does not want to scare the child.
22. Which communication barrier was obvious in the conversation and what strategy was used to overcome
it?
A. gender adjustment of body language
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B. gender adjustment of speech elements


C. religion adjustment of speech elements
D. social status adjustment of body language
23. Which of the following order of strategies were effectively used in the conversation?
I. Focus on the caller
II. Stop and Listen
III. Genuine and not manipulative
IV. Focus on the issue no the caller
A. II, I, IV, III
B. I, II, III, IV
C. II, III, I, IV
D. IV, III, I, II
For items 24 to 32, watch Video 2 (09:58 minutes).
24. What is the communicative task shown in the video?
A. Giving a presentation
C. Doing an public interview
B. Giving a speech
D. Inspiring people
25. How did the speaker communicate with his audience?
A. passive speaker
B. Storyteller and content-rich speaker
C. content-rich and humorous speaker
D. storyteller, humorous and content-rich speaker
26. Which of the following strategies did the speaker evidently use to avoid communication breakdown with
the child?
I. Speech elements
II. Touch
III. Body language
IV. Objects
A. I, III, IV
B. I, II, II
C. I, II, IV
D. II, III, IV
27. Which of the following verbal cues were effectively used by the speaker to achieve his purpose?
I. Lively Intonation
II. Clarity of voice inflection
III. Intimacy in the use of touch
IV. Mild tone of voice
A. I, II, IV
B. I, II, III
C. II, III, IV
D. I, III, IV
28. Which of the following nonverbal cues were effectively used by the speaker to achieve his purpose?
I. Posture
II. Gestures
III. Eye Contact
IV. Interpersonal Space
A. I, II, III, IV
B. I, II, III
C. I, II, IV
D. II, III, IV
29. Which of the following strategies was not effectively used by the speaker to convey his ideas?
I. Body Language
II. Speech Elements
III. Interpersonal Space
IV. Objects
A. I and II
B. IV only
C. III only
D. II only
30. Which of the following strategies were effectively used by the speaker to convey his message to the
audience?
I. Focuses on the content
II. Empathizes
III. Being Genuine
IV. Uses own experience
A. II and IV
B. I, II, III, IV
C. II, III, IV
D. IV and III
31. If you were the speaker, which of the following socio-cultural dimension of communication will you be
more sensitive on given the topic to be delivered and the kind of audience you have?
I. Culture
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II.
III.
IV.

Gender
Religion
Social Status

A. I, II, and III


B. I, II, and IV
C. I, III, and IV
D. II, III, and IV
32. If you were speaker the video, which of the following combination of language functions would you have
used to deliver your message effectively?
A. Regulation and information because my aim is to inspire the audience to be able to speak
powerfully.
B. Social interaction and information because my aim is to inspire the audience to be able to speak
powerfully.
C. Information and motivation because my aim is to inspire the audience to be able to speak
powerfully.
D. Regulation and motivation because my aim is to inspire the audience to be able to speak
powerfully
For items 33 to 40, watch Video 3 (5:33 minutes)
33. Which of the following strategies were effectively used by Ms. Katie Couric to elicit answers from the
prince?
I. Focuses on the content
II. Empathizes
III. Being Genuine
IV. Uses own experience
A. II and IV
B. I, II, III, IV
C. I, II, III
D. IV and III
34. If you were the interviewer, which of the following socio-cultural dimension of communication will you be
more sensitive on given the questions you are to ask and the kind of interviewee you have?
I. Culture
II. Gender
III. Religion
IV. Social Status
A. I and III
B. I and III
C. III and IV
D. I and IV
35. Which of the following verbal and nonverbal cues were effectively used by the interviewer to achieve
her purpose?
I. Clarity of voice inflection
II. Mild tone of voice
III. Posture
IV. Touch
V. Eye Contact
B. I, II, III, V
B. I, II, III, IV
C. I, II, IV
D. II, III, V
36. The following were the strategies used by the interviewer to effectively sustain the interview, EXCEPT
I. Focuses on the content
II. Empathizes
III. Being Genuine
IV. Uses own experience
A. I
B. II
C. III
D. IV
37. Which of the following speech acts was evidently used by the interviewer to effectively conduct the
interview?
A. Representatives
C. Directives
B. Commissives
D. Expressives
38. Which of the following language functions should not be exercised in the interview?
A. Regulation
C. Information
B. Social Interaction
D. Expression of opinions
39. If you were the interviewer, which of the following socio-cultural dimension of communication will you
LEAST be sensitive of given the kind of question you are to ask and the status of the prince?
A. Gender because the prince is a man.
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B. Culture because he is British and I am not.


C. Religion because I will be asking question regarding marriage.
D. Social Status because he is a prince and I am just an ordinary person.
40. If you were the interviewer, which of the following combination of language functions would you
carefully use to make the interview successful?
A. Emotion expression and motivation because I am aiming to excite the prince to become an
ambassador of his grandmother who is the queen of England.
B. Regulation and motivation because I am aiming to sustain the princes answer to my questions
so that he will have more television or air time.
C. Information and motivation because I am aiming to know about his relationship with his
grandmother and how he values her.
D. Regulation and emotional expression because I am aiming to make him feel that I adore him and
his family.

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