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MCOM 105: Diversity in the Media
Brief Reviews of Assigned Readings


Sample Questions

Fall Semester 2017:
Test #2

Chapter Seven 
Representations of Asians
& Asian Americans in Media


Bring a pencil and a T&E 200 Answer Sheet
Readings/Current Events Test Two

November 28th





Chapter 7: Representations of Asians and Asian Americans.


Several scholars have identified the problem in America of viewing Asian Americans as WHAT?
(a) “honorary whites”         (b) “outsiders”        (c) “forever foreigners”            (d) all of the above


The text authors say Asian Americans have had to encounter representations
that have placed them in extreme categories including all the following EXCEPT ONE. Which one?
(a) evil, conniving and criminal
(b) docile, subservient and intelligent
(c) highly religious, quick tempered and war advocates
(d) “yellow peril” to “brilliant geek” 

True or False?  In the 1960s the use of the labels Asians and Asian Americans
were called for as a way to get rid of the derogatory term “Orientals.”     (a) True        (b) False


The text says by representing Asian people from the mid-1700s to the
1800s as ‘debased’ (uncivilized and dangerous), Western imperialists were effectively able to
control the colonized native Asians, and ____________.” Pick the precise one:

(a) encourage Whites to see them as equals.
(b) encourage Black slaves to see them as equals.
(c) dissuade Whites from intermingling with them.
(d) dissuade Arabs from intermingling with them.


The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 became law in the United States to address WHAT?

(a) The large numbers of Chinese immigrants.
(b) The issue of Chinese looking for employment.
(c) The Post-Civil War down economy, and increased animosity toward Chinese laborers.
(d) All of the above

The Immigration Act of 1924 broadened the scope of restrictions on immigration and imposed WHAT?
(a) Curfews on Asian Americans.
(b) Quotas on national origin immigration that targeted Asian countries.
(c) Imprisonment for Asian immigrants from Korea and the Philippines.
(d) The first immigration wall built to keep Asians out of America.


True or False?   The harshness of anti-immigration laws towards Asian populations illustrate an early,
anti-Asian climate in the U.S. It is no surprise that many of the images in the press, and later
sustained by other forms of media, reflected the essential disdain and phobia toward non-Whites of Asian origin.   

 (a) True        (b) False


The concept of the “Yellow Peril” originated in the 1800s with the growth in Chinese laborers
in the United States. It developed out of the fear that _______________________. Choose one of the following:

(a) the president would order all Chinese immigrants deported.    
(b) newspapers, radio and television reports at the time would create a Chinese scare.
(c) the Chinese were taking jobs from white laborers.
(d) None of the above.


 True or False?  Although prior to World War II the Japanese were greatly depicted in U.S. films as exotic and
unthreatening, the war inspired a large number of movies with the Japanese as the new “yellow peril.”  

(a) True     (b) False

One of the few commercial films to present Asian Americans in leading roles was the 2004 movie
“Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle.”
Through their funny misadventures the two characters:

(a) diverge from stereotypic notions regarding Asian males.    
(b) are not depicted as sexless and violent.
(c) come across like two regular college students having a good time.
(d) All of the above

True or False? Researchers say press coverage of the “model minority” tended to rely on traditional Asian
values to explain why Asian Americans were succeeding in society.     (a) True          (b) False


The textbook chapter ends saying ‘It should be kept in mind that even one program showing Asian character
in a stereotypic manner is ____________ especially considering the overall number of Asian characters appearing
on TV is still quite low.” Fill in the blank with one word:      

(a) problematic      (b) acceptable           (c) expected          (d) exciting




Chapter 9: Representations of Gender in Print Media and Advertising

Women were the target audience for many of the very first magazines published in the United States.
They were:

(a) urged to stop striving for ‘perfection.’
(b) urged to get the men and children to do more housekeeping.
(c) urged to keep a better home or behave and look like a lady.
(d) urged to finally put their needs ahead of their husband and children.

True or  False? Writer and activist Betty Friedan in her 1963 book “The Feminine Mystique”
threw much of the blame on women’s magazines for perpetuating the feminine stereotype.   
(a) True         (b) False


 “Cosmopolitan” by Helen Gurley Brown started as a popular family magazine with
departments for women that focused on WHAT?

(a) fashion and household decorating           (b) cooking              (c) child-care            (d) All of the above


True or False?   After Cosmopolitan, women’s magazines did not change.
Magazines resisted covering career women and issues beyond beauty and home.    
(a) True        (b) False

 True or False?    Magazines for men have had a slightly different history. First published in the early 19th century,
they covered news and information about crime, sports, adventure, hunting and fishing.   
(a) True        (b) False 

“Maxim” launched in 1997, targets young men, and is part of the modern genre called
‘laddie or lads magazines.’ It is aggressively…

(a) heterosexual in focus       
(b) filled with stories and ads focused on sex   
(c) has “omnidirectional contempt and anger” toward women feminists        
(d) All of the above


True or False? Researchers in 2008 found that men are drastically underrepresented in parenting magazines,
and come across as participating with children only with sporting events.      (a) True         (b) False


Generally speaking which of the following is SLOWER to change with societal norms? Gender in _____________.
(a) advertising           (b) news reporting               (c) public relations             (d) magazines


Which of the following is generally NOT TRUE in advertising today?

(a) Few women are ever shown as a professional or high-level business people.
(b) Men still regard women as sex objects or as domestic adjuncts.
(c) Men are depicted in ads for cleaning, beauty and food products, drugs, clothing and home appliances.
(d) Woman now dominate in cigarette advertising.

True or False?  Jean Kilbourne noted that advertising is everywhere, selling not only products,
but also values and concepts of love, sexuality, romance, success and normalcy.      (a) True     (b) False


True or False?  Historically advertisers have taken advantage of the insecurities of women as pertained to looks.
(a) True       (b) False

In the 1990s a disturbing media trend in advertising showed woman of color being depicted as animals
with the implied message that they are…

(a) “not trainable.”        (b) “undesirables.”         (c) “not fully human.”        (d) “run the world.”




Handout Chapter:  Religion and Faith Representations in the Media

True or False?     Many who live in the United States have strong feelings about the role of faith and religion
plays in the their lives.        (a) True      (b) False


The history of religion, media and the U.S. are undeniably ___________. Pick One:
(a) disassociated          (b) refuted       (c) linked         (d) unconstitutional


By the 17th century the 13 original U.S. Colonies had become home to thousands of people who practiced WHAT:
(a) Islam           (b) Buddhism       (c) Witchcraft        (d) Christian faiths


Judaism is one of the earliest faiths practiced in the “New World” with settlers in 1650.
People of this faith are referred to as _________________________? Pick One:

(a) Muslims         (b) Jews         (c) Christians       (d) Jehovah’s Witness


True or False?   As a variety of religious groups were finding homes in America, the country was battling
to gain independence. Once that war was won, the Founding Fathers worked to unify a nation built on
difference and tolerance of others.            (a) True      (b) False


The same Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that guarantees a free press also says
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.” Which one of the following calls for this?

(a) The Last Amendment     (b) The 13th Amendment      (c) The 21st Amendment      (d) The First Amendment


Churches and religious organizations published __________________ that spread information about
their religion to their congregations. Pick the correct response below:

(a) newspapers      (b) periodicals      (c) pamphlets       (d) All of the above


According to the readings, 71% of Americans today identify in some way with some form of Christianity.
The readings say approximately ____percent of the population identifies with the Islamic faith. 
 Pick one of the following:

(a) one           (b) five           (c) ten            (d) twenty

True or False?   From the beginning of the film industry, stories from preexisting religious text made their
way into movie theaters.   (a) True      (b) False


Test #2 - November 28th
Bring a pencil and a new T & E 200 Answer Sheet

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