Format: short answer, essays, identification, and application of concepts.
This is an open notes exam so you should be paying careful attention to your
notes and keeping all your writing assignments.
Final Exam date:
Thursday, May 15, same time and place as class.
If you have travel plans or
other things going on, you may arrange to take it
earlier during finals week. (May12-16).
Some things to know
about this exam.
It is an open book
exam. You can use notes, books, any printed material. You may not use any
I will not answer any
questions about the exam during the exam. If you have a question or think
you need to explain your interpretation of a question, then explain in your
Writing legibly is
Answers will vary in
length from very short to somewhat extended. Respect for the conventions of
good writing will count (spelling does not count, but everything else does).
Read the whole question
carefully! Then re-read it to make sure you're answering the question which
has been asked. Pay attention to two-part questions and make sure you
answer the second part too.
Content that may be
language, how language works.
Aristotle's laws of thought.
uncertainty principle and observation.
abstraction and the "abstraction ladder."
Signals vs. symbols
(as reactions, of course)
(factual, verifiable) statements.
orientation and multi-valued orientations.
Responses to facts,
inferences and judgments ("that's true.")
Context and meaning.
You should review all of
Engel's fallacies and your notes on advertising claims and statistics.
There will be several ads, excerpts from news articles, letters, and other
things which I will ask you to analyze.