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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Vivian C. Sobchack claim in her essay "The Postmorbid Condition?"
(a) Rather than sending a moral message on violence, current films ignore the impact.
(b) Rather than aestheticizing violence, current films do not care about it.
(c) Rather than aestheticizing violence, current films send a moral message with it..
(d) Rather than aestheticizing violence, current films focus on it.

2. What is the factor that changed the semiotic message carried out by the cell phone?
(a) Advance of Internet.
(b) Advance of technology.
(c) Introduction of iPhone.
(d) Advance of commercialization.

3. What does the essay "Asian Women in Film: No Joy, No Luck" focus on?
(a) How Asian women in film have no joy or luck.
(b) Stereotypical depiction of Asian women.
(c) The issues faced by Asian women characters in film.
(d) Asian women characters in Joy Luck Club.

4. What does a sign represent?
(a) A direction.
(b) A popular brand.
(c) A meaning or a message.
(d) An image.

5. What is the main argument of "Resisting the False Security of TV" by Tom Shales?
(a) The role of TV is to inform the people about what is happening during times of war and disaster.
(b) Television should provide a sense of security during times of war and crises.
(c) Television should not provide a false sense of security during war and national disasters.
(d) TV should protect people from the horrors of war and disasters.

6. What does glocalization refer to?
(a) Competing with local markets across the world.
(b) Globalization of American products in local markets.
(c) Adapting a global product to fit a local market.
(d) Outsourcing work to local businesses across the world.

7. What is the factor that contributes to the showing of violence in the movies, according to Vivian C. Sobchack, in "The Postmorbid Condition?"
(a) Generation.
(b) Increased violence in society.
(c) Changing values.
(d) Technology.

8. What does Susan Douglas examine in her essay"Signs of Intelligent Life on TV?"
(a) Gender stereotyping of intelligence on TV shows.
(b) The role of intellegence underlying TV shows.
(c) Racial stereotyping of intelligence on TV shows.
(d) The ideology and gender bias behind the television shows.

9. Why are shows like West Wing popular, according to Todd Davis?
(a) They are about American government and show the real issues.
(b) They are non-threatening and make the audience feel comfortable.
(c) They are about the American President and are informative.
(d) They are about the white house and show inside scenaios.

10. When did the daytime talk shows become popular?
(a) 1980s.
(b) 1990s.
(c) 1960s.
(d) 1970s.

11. What does the semiotic method refer to?
(a) Semiotic method refers to recognition, analysis, and interpretation of arguments.
(b) Semiotic method refers to recognition, analysis, and interpretation of signs.
(c) Semiotic method refers to recognition, analysis, and interpretation of pop culture.
(d) Semiotic method refers to recognition, analysis, and interpretation of popular signs.

12. What is the name of the film used by Linda Seger in her essay "Creating the Myth?"
(a) Jurassic Park
(b) Star Wars.
(c) Casablanca.
(d) Lord of the Rings.

13. How can one derive the meaning of a sign using Semiotic method?
(a) By looking at the relationship between the image and the message.
(b) By looking at the facts and their connection to the sign.
(c) By looking at how things and facts are related to one another.
(d) By looking at diverse opinions and how they are related to the sign.

14. Who is an outlaw hero, according to Robert Ray, the writer of "The Thematic Paradigm?"
(a) An outlaw hero is aware of what is right or wrong but is outcast by the society because of his outspokenness.
(b) An outlaw hero has his own moral code of right or wrong and operates above the law.
(c) An outlaw hero is aware of what is right or wrong but is outcast by the society because of his idealism.
(d) An outlaw hero has no moral code of right or wrong and operates above the law.

15. What is an example of pop culture?
(a) Museum.
(b) Park.
(c) Libary.
(d) Movie theater.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the essay, "More Factor" examine?

2. What does the essay"Sex, Lies, and Advertising" by Gloria Steinem examine?

3. What is the essay, "Creating the Myth" about?

4. What context should one consider first when interpreting a sign?

5. Who is the author of "Asian Women in Film: No Joy, No Luck?" .

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