Jouur361 Week 2 Midterm Essay Questions

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Notes about the Midterm Examination – JOUR3614, Fall 2014 1. The midterm examination will be on Thursday, October 9, in the usual classroom (155 Nicholson) and it will cover all lectures through Tuesday, October 7, and all required readings listed in the syllabus through Week Five. It will consist of one broad (longer) essay question and one narrower (shorter) essay question. You will be required to answer both kinds of questions (one broad question and one shorter essay question), but you will have some choice within those types. Note that you will not be able to choose questions only from readings or only on lectures and that you will need to answer all parts of a question and provide accurate, pertinent information (such as examples)…show more content…
As we have said repeatedly in class, questions from those posed in class and in discussions will appear on examinations and careful attention to both lectures and readings will help you write the best essays. 4. As examples only, the following are typical of the questions on JOUR3614 examinations: a. Choose one of the innovations we have discussed so far – writing, printing, newspapers – and answer the following question about it: What impact did it have on the media that preceded it? Think of continuity as well as change – and think not only of technology but also of its impact on society. Provide specific examples. b. Choose one of the innovations we have discussed so far – writing, printing, newspapers – and answer the following question about it: How did it affect the relationship between elites and the people? Did it change the very definition of elites/people? What did elites do to manage the new form of communication? Provide specific examples. c. Choose one of the innovations we have discussed so far – writing, printing, newspapers – and answer the following question about it: What social, political, and cultural forces “pulled” it into existence and how did it then “push” society, culture and politics in new

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