Sample Questions for Midterm

Part I: Multiple Choice

_____ 1. Which of the following best describes the relationship of words and things as we will study it: (a) words represent things; (b) words allow us to incorporate events into our experience by understanding them, establishing an attitude toward them, and locating a response to them; (c) we know when we have used the correct term because those with whom we are communicating nod their understanding; (d) words don't mean, people do.

Part II: Fill in the Blank

What are the modes of communication through which we construct social order (for example, the use of symbolic names to give identity to the community):

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Part III: Definitions

6. Briefly define "symbolic motive"

Part IV: Short Answer

7. Write a short paragraph in which you use the metaphor "healthy" to describe your attitude toward this course. Then, go back and underline the words that are drawn from the health metaphor.

8. Briefly contrast the referential and the constuctivist theory for explaining the relationship of word and thing.

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