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SPCH 275 Final Exam
1. You have delivered a number of speeches. Perhaps some of your speeches were delivered to an opposed audience, some to a favorable audience, and some to an audience that was indifferent. Compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of speaking to each type of audience.
2. You have delivered speeches that were for the purpose of entertaining, informing, persuading, demonstrating, introducing, or for some special occasion. How important is knowing and understanding the purpose of your speech to speech writing and speech delivery? Did you ever experience difficulty finding a subject or central idea to fit your purpose? How did you overcome this or what have you learned from this experience
3. Based on your experiences in this class, and the information discussed in class and in your text, would say that great speakers are born or made?
4. According to your text, the communicative act involves five elements: a speaker wishes to communicate an idea, the speaker encodes the idea in a message, the message is sent through a channel to an audience, the audience receives and decodes the message, the audience responds to the message. Based on the speeches you have written and delivered throughout this course, describe the importance of being aware of each of these five elements? How do each of these elements interact with one another?
5. It is always recommended that you finish speech writing with an ample amount of time left to rehearse. Based on your experience, how important is rehearsal? On average, how much rehearsal do you think you require?
6. According to Plutarch, “learn how to listen and you will prosper—even from those who talk badly”. In what ways have you developed into a better listener as a result of your experiences in this course? How important is being a good listener to public speaking?
7. In addition to delivering speeches you have had the opportunity to watch, evaluate, and give feedback to other speakers. How important are things like eye contact, gestures, movement, posture, facial expression, vocal delivery (volume, articulation, dialect, pronunciation, pitch, rate, pauses, and timing), and personal appearance?
8. Effective speakers use a combination of delivery methods (Impromptu Speeches, Manuscript Speeches, Memorized Speeches, and Extemporaneous Speeches). Which type of delivery method do you prefer and why?
9. You can use basic supporting materials to help you make your ideas clearer when speaking: examples, statistics, and testimony. Which ones have you used throughout this course? Which do you think you should have used more?
10. Speeches are organized into central and main ideas in several different ways. These basic organizational patterns include: Chronological, Spatial, Causal (Cause & Effect), and Topical. Which organizational patterns have you used? Which one(s) do you find most effective? Is there a relationship between your organization pattern and the topic or purpose of your speech?
11. Each person begins an introductory speech class with different levels of confidence and experience. Describe your confidence and experience level at the outset of this course. How have you improved? In what ways do you still seek to improve? What is the most important thing you have learned from this course?
12. There are different kinds of group discussions including panels, symposiums, and oral reports. Based on your experience, how do group discussions differ from individual speeches? What are the advantages and disadvantages of both? Which do you prefer, group or individual speeches?
13. There are some general ways to gather information for your speech. You can develop it from your own knowledge and experience, access it from written sources primarily through a library, gather it through electronic resources, or acquire it through interviews. Which of these methods have you utilized? Which did you find most useful?
14. Two guidelines to effective public speaking are to say something worthwhile (content) and to say it in a confident way (delivery). Based on your experiences writing and delivering speeches in this course, would you say this is accurate or not?
15. Free Speech is a right protected by the 1st Amendment. However, as we have discussed, it is always important that you speak ethically. Now that you have engaged in public speaking, what is your opinion of the importance Free Speech and speaking ethically?
16. What would you say are the major differences between writing and delivering informative speeches and persuasive speeches? Which do you prefer to deliver and why?
17. We have spoken a great deal about the importance of knowing your audience and conducting audience analysis to prepare for every speech occasion. You even conducted research on our class demographics in an effort to assist you in developing audience-centered speech. Discuss the importance of audience analysis and knowing your audience. Have you delivered any speeches that you feel were not audience-centered? What have you learned from this experience in terms of writing audience centered speeches in the future?
18. Interference can occur during the communicative act. These include both internal and external forms. Discuss any examples of communication interference you believe have occurred at any point during your speeches in this course. What did you learn from this breakdown on how to be a more effective speaker?
19. You had the choice of delivering one of several types of special occasion speeches including acceptances, commemorative addresses, or after-dinner speeches. Based on your experience as a speaker and audience member, how are these speeches different in terms of writing and delivery, from the informative and persuasive speeches?
20. Every speech should have an introduction, a body, and a conclusion. Now that you have delivered a number of speeches, how important would you say each of these pieces are to writing and delivering an effective speech