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Understanding Human Communication, Third Edition: Chapter 6

Instructions: For each question, click on the radio button beside your answer. When you have completed the entire quiz, click the Submit my answers button at the bottom of the page to receive your results.

Question 1:


a) True
b) False

Question 2:


a) True
b) False

Question 3:


a) True
b) False

Question 4:


a) True
b) False

Question 5:


a) An aggressive conflict style
b) A conscious effort to master relational messages
c) An assertive conflict style
d) A social need to influence others

Question 6:


a) Emotional intimacy, physical intimacy, intimacy through shared activities
b) Coming together, maintenance, coming apart
c) Closeness, privacy, separation
d) Initiation, integration, separation

Question 7:


a) Information others know but the self does not know
b) Information others don’t know and the self does not know
c) Information others don’t know but the self knows
d) Information others try to communicate but the self resists

Question 8:


a) The partners ignore certain aspects of the relationship to deal with others.
b) The partners have no communication except through conflict.
c) The partners have incompatible conflict styles.
d) The partners are so overwhelmed by their situation they feel unable to deal with their problems.

Question 9:


a) Tensions that emerge as a couple goes through various relationship stages
b) Tensions that exist early in a relationship as the partners figure out their roles
c) Tensions that draw people into relationships, such as affinity—dislike or immediacy—disinterest
d) Tensions that exist when two incompatible forces exist at once in a relationship

Question 10:


a) Men develop intimacy with other people by sharing thoughts and feelings.
b) Women develop intimacy with other people by performing activities together.
c) Both men and women develop intimate relationships, but they do so in different ways.
d) None of these statements is accurate.