Chapter 1: Human Communication: The Essentials

Com 201
QUIZ: Chapter 2: Perception, Self, and Communication
1. Perception is the mental process through which we interpret that which we sense.
Answer: T F
2. The idea that our past experiences lead us to see the world in a particular way that is difficult
to change is called:
a. perceptual constancy (Page 38)
b. selective retention
c. cultural selection
d. stubbornness
3. Noticing the women in the room more than the men in the room is an example of selective
Answer: T F (Page 39)
4. Which of the following activities does NOT occur in perception?
b. interpretation
c. organization
d. selection
5. Which of the following is the best example of selective attention?
a. She immediately spotted the guy with the earring who looked so much
like someone she had known before. (Page 39)
b. They agreed with each other because they both liked the idea of government ownership
of basic industry.
c. He was an expert “body man” in a chop shop; she was a hair stylist in the low-rent
d. They fought constantly over how the children should be disciplined.
6. Self-fulfilling prophecy means that we govern ourselves and we are not influenced by what
others say about what we can or cannot do.
Answer: T F
7. The self-serving bias assumes that we attribute our failures to our personal qualities.
Answer: T F
8. Which of the following would be the reason why an individual looking at a class picture might
see his or her own face first?
because of its proximity to the other faces
because it is figure and the rest of the class is ground
because it is the image that allows closure (Pg. 40)
because it is ground and the rest of the class is figure
9. You are intelligent and treated accordingly by others. Such responses of others are examples
of confirmation of your self-concept.
Answer: T F
Pg 45
10. The labels you use to describe yourself-I am a student, a parent, a spouse, an employed
worker-are examples of your self-image / self-presentation.
Answer: T F (Page 52)
11. Perceptual checking is a skill that helps us
a. understand another person and his or her message more accurately (pg45)
b. view everyone as equals
c. compare our behaviors with others’ behaviors
d. ignore damaging or harmful information
12. Which concept listed below is one in which evaluation (positive or negative judgment) plays
an important role?