MIDTERM STUDY GUIDE -- MASS COMM 103

The midterm exam will be held in class on Thursday, March 16.  You will have the entire class period (75 minutes) to complete the exam, though you may not need that long. The exam will consist of three parts -- multiple choice, identifications, and short answers.

You are responsible for all material from the Fellow book through Chapter 9, and all material covered in lecture.

Points stressed both in lecture and readings are generally more likely to appear on the exam than those mentioned only in readings. Points only from lecture probably fall somewhere in the middle.

There will be 100 points total on the exam, which will be divided among three parts. Multiple choice (20 points -- you will be given 12 to choose from and will answer 10); identifications (30 points -- again, you will be given 12 to choose from and will answer 10) and short answer (50 points -- you will be given six to choose from and will answer five). Short answers should run about four or five sentences in length, though this will vary from question to question. 

Please bring at least two pens or pencils to write with. You will fill in all answers on the exam sheet -- we will not use scan-trons or exam books.  Please write clearly -- if I can't read your answers, you probably won't do very well.  

Below are some example questions of each type. Their presence does not necessarily mean they will, or will not, be on the exam; they are intended only as examples.

I. Multiple Choice: (Choose only one unless otherwise noted):
1. In colonial-era American journalism, writing anything negative about a person could be considered
        a. slander
        b. libel
        c. assault
        d. battery

2. Yellow journalism is said to have acquired its name because of
        a. the yellowish newsprint used by the papers of the time.
        b. the cowardly nature of many editors.
        c. the Yellow Kid, a comic strip character.
        d. the sensational nature of many news stories of the time.

3. Movies were regulated more heavily after the introduction in 1930 of a ___________ code.
        a. censorship
        b. production
        c. rating
        d. conduct

4. The period between roughly 1930 and 1950 is considered the “golden age” of ___________.
        a. books
        b. television
        c. radio
        d. magazines

II. Identifications:

1. In colonial America, there were both “favored” printers and “___________” printers.

2. “The Jazz Singer” was the first major studio movie made that included ___________.

3. Benjamin Day was the influential founder of the New York ___________ newspaper.

4. Investigative reporters in the early 20th Century were known as  ___________.

5. One American president who was frequently mocked and caricatured in the press in the 1860s was _________.
 

III. Short Answer:

1. How did the nature of the Revolutionary War affect the tone of news coverage during that period?

2. Give some examples of how oppressed groups used the media to further their causes during the periods discussed in class.

3. What aspects of radio during its golden age ended up as elements of network television? 

4. How did the introduction of the telegraph affect journalism?
 

GOOD  LUCK !



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