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Exam Directions: When answering each question, you must reference the lectures, readings, media, and notes that you have taken throughout the Quarter. Use different characters and course materials for each answer in order to show as much knowledge of the material as possible. Try your best to use the language and vocabulary presented in this course by the speakers and readings. For example, Non-Cognitive Skills, The Single Story, Cultural Ghettos, Social Networks, Induction,Homophily, Confounding, Super Organisms, Psychological Immune System, Synthetic Happiness, Values, Value Judgments, Subjective Inference, Self-Reflection and Solitude, The Backfire Effect, Emotional Intelligence and so on.
Additionally, you must incorporate at least 10 to 15 academic vocabulary words into your responses (these words must come from the media, TED, This American Life, and so on, and the readings we have had throughout the Quarter). Place the vocabulary words in bold type! Your responses for each question should be one-three, double spaced, 12 point font pages in length, and you should use very specific evidence from the course materials and lectures we have been working with all Quarter.
Do your very best, and try not to over think your responses, just relax and enjoy discussing the knowledge you have gained throughout the Quarter! Have fun!
Choose two of the Main Characters in the film and describe their personality traits, behaviors, barriers, conflicts (both internal and external). For example: What Single Stories do they have about themselves? What Single Stories do they have of others? How and why do their stories change by the end of the film? Who or what influenced their change? What non-cognitive skills do they lack at the beginning of the film, and what skills do they develop by the end of the film? Discuss how Solitude, Emotional Intelligence, Cultural Ghettos, Synthetic Happiness, and/or the Backfire Effect affected the character's ability to change, adapt, or develop their Non-Cognitive Skills. Use very specific examples from the film and the readings/lectures/media we have read/viewed to support your response.
What can we Infer about each character's color change? Discuss what lead to their change, or what helped them change their attitudes? How does their color change relate to meaning? That is to say, what do you think each character finds meaning in that allows them to change? What role did fiction play in their change (think of what Elif Shafak would say)? What role did solitude play? How about conversation (think Sherry Turkle)?
Choose one character and discuss the influence they had on the Social Network or Super Organism that is Pleasantville? Describe their role in the evolution of Pleasantville using the language of the Nicholas Christakis TED Talk that we viewed (Induction, Homophily, Confounding, Emotional Contagion). That is to say, did their change create changes in others? If so, how, why and who? Which reading, TED Talk, or This American Life you think they would enjoy and share with their Social Network? Be very detailed in your response
Are there stereotypes presented in the film? Discuss at least one Socially Constructed Role, Value System or Stereotype presented in the film? In other words, what scripts are being followed, and who is either following them or expecting others to follow them?
What is the Main Idea or Theme of this film? Prove it! Summarize the film in 1 paragraph, 1 sentence, 3 words? Were there specific lines or scenes in the film that struck you, made you think, made you feel, or helped you to understand the characters, conflicts, or themes of this course? Use very specific examples to support your responses.