Integrative Arts 110

Sample Questions

These are questions typical of the first exam.  The questions are NOT updated for the second and third exams - this page is not so much to help you review as to familiarize you with the type of test question used in INART 110.


Exam 1

1. Television programming is designed to be continuous and without interruption so that the viewer's attention is maintained.

2. According to Butler, television offers a wide variety of polysemic meaning in its programming.

3. Hollywood "classicism" is a term that can only be applied to the films of the Golden Age of movie making and is not applicable to television content.

4. Television serials and Hollywood movies are similar in that they share common elements of characterization, motivation, and closure.

5. Butler states that early television was slow developing because it could only draw upon a limited amount sources for its program material.

6. Despite televisionís technology, reality is always presented to audiences in an unmediated fashion.

These questions have appeared on past exams as well:

9. Which of the following is not a reason why people watch television?
A. Because television offers many viewers companionship.
B. Because television reaffirms most peopleís middle class values.
C. Because of the information television provides.
D. Because television gets people actively involved with its social and political commentary.
E. Because television presents a communal experience.

10. Television is different from radio because television
A. Developed completely visual ways of telling a narrative while radio always remained verbal.
B. Was always more active as a medium than radio.
C. Has never been able to duplicate the kind of family entertainment that radio made popular.
D. Created a network structure that was radically different from that of radio.
E. All of the above.

11. Which of the following modern programs does not owe any allegiance to the structure and form of the kitchen sink drama?
A. Roseanne.
B. Law and Order.
C. Chicago Hope.
D. Party of Five.
E. NYPD Blue.

11. Select the incorrect statement concerning television.
A. More women than men watch television
B. Cable has not brought about any real drastic changes in television content.
C. Because of their wealth, senior citizens are the age market most sought by television advertisers.
D. The advertisers remain the most powerful influence on the shaping of television content.
E. Ideological messages are a part of all television programming.

12. The only modern medium not to contain ideological content is
A. Radio.
B. Television.
C. Cinema.
D. Internet.
E. All of the above do contain ideological content.

13. Television is similar to cinema in that both forms
A. Maintain a similar standardized aspect ratio for their screens.
B. Tend to be more verbal than visual in conveying their narratives.
C. Allow for an extensive use of movement and space in their mise-en-scenes.
D. Use editing as a means of telling narratives.
E. Have to be called close-up media.

14. Greg and Matt are broadcasting an InArts 110 class from the Russian Space Station Mir: the only kind of television that the class could be watching is
A. Satellite television.
B. Close circuit television.
C. Broadcast television.
D. Microwave television.
E. CATV or Cable television.

These are examples of what perception questions might be like:

41. This commercial is closer to being a hard sell than a soft sell.

42. This commercial deliberately manipulates the audienceís emotions by using the jump cut.

43. In comparison to the Arrow Shirt commercial seen in class, the density of this commercial is very low.

44. This commercial message has to be considered more transformational than informational.

45. This commercial is different from the Arrow Shirt and Ford commercials seen in class because it does attack the dominant ideology.