Mid-Term Exam Essay


The midterm exam for this class is a short answer exam worth 20 points. Some questions are worth multiple points, so read carefully. This is a take home exam that is open-book, open-note, open-internet, etc. You may use any resources at your disposal to help answer the questions in this exam. This exam will be available for you to complete between Thursday, October 13, 2022, and Thursday, October 20, 2022. Please submit your answers to me in text format before midnight on Thursday, October 20, 2022.

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Please answer the following questions with short answers. Full sentences are appreciated.

Please state or briefly summarize any two elements of Foucault’s Theory of Power. (Module 3) (2 points)

What is Rhetoric? (Module 2)

Please provide an example of a syllogism (form of logical reasoning). (Module 2)

Based on the article we read for class, please explain in your own words why zombies represent Agamben’s concept of bare life? (Module 5)

What is Syntactic Indeterminacy? (Module 7)

Please name all three elements of Aristotle’s theory of rhetoric (you may use the original Greek terms or English). (Module 2)

Please describe Ideology in your own words AND provide an example. (Module 1) (2 points)

Please name One Nickelodeon NickToon we discussed in class and identify its implied political meaning. (Module 3) (2 points)

Please provide an example of Schadenfreude. (Module 3)

Which of the following does NOT belong in a NeoAristotlean analysis – (Module 2)



Major Ideas,


How would you describe the “narrative criticism” methodology? (Module 4)

Please give one example from our reading assignment about racism in popular culture (racist representations). (Module 6)

Please explain the difference between utilitarianism and deontology. (Module 4) (2 points)

Please name one character from any pop culture artifact that falls within the sexist trope of “Born Sexy Yesterday”. (Module 6)

Please name BOTH components of a METAPHOR and provide a brief explanation of what they are. (Module 5) (2 points)

EXTRA CREDIT – Can you name any real world examples of a “state of exception” (from our conversation about Agamben)?

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