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The Active Reader, 2e: University Issues

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.

“Academic Language and the Challenge of Reading for Learning about Science” by Catherine Snow

Question 1:

a) the need to communicate ideas and understanding about the world
b) the challenges academic language poses to the science student
c) the differences between informal and academic language
d) promoting the Word Generation program

Question 2:

a) conciseness
b) precision
c) reading quickly
d) grammatical sophistication

Question 3:

a) language used in the sciences
b) language used in the arts
c) language used in the workplace
d) language used in the school curriculum

Question 4:

a) impersonality
b) authoritativeness
c) making general claims
d) all of the above

Question 5:

a) students can find these words in a dictionary
b) such vocabulary words are often explained using other words that students don’t know
c) not all students buy textbooks
d) all of the above

Question 6:

a) Word Generation is a grammar check tool.
b) Word Generation targets university students.
c) Word Generation develops vocabulary through discussions and activities.
d) all of the above

Question 7:

a) collaboration between science and literacy scholars
b) links to good website resources
c) student motivation
d) failing a few courses

Question 8:

a) True
b) False

Question 9:

a) True
b) False

“Examining Student and Instructor Task Perceptions in a Complex Engineering Design Task” by Allyson Hadwyn et al.

Question 10:

a) such tasks are common in the workplace
b) professors are too busy to proofread their assignment
c) there are more poorly defined tasks than well-defined tasks in university classes
d) all of the above

Question 11:

a) the number of elements required to complete a task
b) the way an individual responds to a task based on several different aspects
c) how others perceive you when you are completing a task
d) how others perceive you after you have completed a task

Question 12:

a) implicit aspects
b) explicit aspects
c) socio-cultural aspects
d) all of the above

Question 13:

a) medical students
b) engineering students
c) literature students
d) all of the above

Question 14:

a) students did not understand explicit features of a task
b) students did not understand implicit features of a task
c) students did not understand socio-cultural features of a task
d) all of the above

Question 15:

a) tasks do not change over time
b) tasks become easier through repetition
c) the professor may change expectations as the assignment progresses
d) all of the above

Question 16:

a) True
b) False

Question 17:

a) True
b) False

Question 18:

a) True
b) False

“An Exploratory Study of Cyberbullying with Undergraduate Students” by Carol M. Walker, et al.

Question 19:

a) direct bullying
b) relational bullying
c) indirect bullying
d) sidetrack bullying

Question 20:

a) boredom
b) the rise in attention deficit disorder
c) access to affordable and user-friendly technologies
d) less parental supervision at university

Question 21:

a) the desire to hurt others
b) the desire to be pitied
c) they have been victims of cyberbullying themselves
d) all of the above

Question 22:

a) cyberbullying is a way of showing power
b) victims of cyberbullying go on to cyberbully others
c) people who cyberbully are unpopular
d) all of the above

Question 23:

a) Blogger
b) Facebook
c) Skype
d) Twitter

Question 24:

a) had sex with someone named Rick
b) been sent a link to a song by the singer Rick Astley
c) been suspended from university because of cyberbullying
d) none of the above

Question 25:

a) it relied on a small sample of students
b) study samples lacked diversity
c) there was a lack of survey standardization
d) all of the above

Question 26:

a) interactive technologies
b) deliberation
c) repetition
d) all of the above

Question 27:

a) True
b) False

“University Wars: The Corporate Administration vs. the Vocation of Learning” by John McMurtry

Question 28:

a) academic research is no longer credible
b) universities follow corporate rather than academic agendas
c) more universities are needed in Canada
d) all of the above

Question 29:

a) they get higher salaries
b) they raise tuition to pay for their higher salaries
c) they work alongside corporate executives
d) all of the above

Question 30:

a) an emphasis on external funding
b) corporate advertising on campuses
c) a lack of reading comprehension skills
d) answers A and B

Question 31:

a) students lack control
b) university presidents are dictators
c) university administrators have external collaborators
d) all of the above

Question 32:

a) profit over truth
b) truth over profit
c) learning over conformity
d) attention over status

Question 33:

a) professors getting high student evaluations
b) professors conducting research that is timely
c) professors acting as entrepreneurs
d) all of the above

Question 34:

a) there is a lack of an effective collective academic presence
b) of the increased use of technology
c) of the absence of unions
d) all of the above

Question 35:

a) financial transparency
b) responsible salaries
c) the protection of learning
d) all of the above

Question 36:

a) True
b) False

“Universities, Governments and Industry: Can the Essential Nature of Universities Survive the Drive to Commercialize?” by Simon N. Young

Question 37:

a) Universities are driven by economic gain and not the advancement of knowledge.
b) Institutions cannot keep up with increasing enrolment.
c) There is less research funding from charitable foundations.
d) answers A and B

Question 38:

a) It was the only university that allowed Roman Catholic students.
b) Students founded it.
c) It was the oldest European university.
d) all of the above

Question 39:

a) that the modern university is flawed
b) the connection between religion and business
c) that universities have always had external influences
d) all of the above

Question 40:

a) faculty are overworked
b) administrators are more concerned with funding
c) faculty want their independence
d) all of the above

Question 41:

a) Research lacks qualified researchers.
b) Research lacks collaboration amongst researchers.
c) Research has become commercialized.
d) none of the above

Question 42:

a) antidepressants have been shown to be a more effective treatment for depression
b) most universities have drug testing labs
c) drug companies fund research
d) all of the above

Question 43:

a) breadth of vision
b) good research facilities
c) PhDs
d) all of the above

Question 44:

a) True
b) False

Question 45:

a) True
b) False

“Heavy Drinking on Canadian Campuses” by Louis Glicksman et al.

Question 46:

a) five or more drinks on a single occasion
b) eight or more drinks on a single occasion
c) four or more drinks on a single occasion
d) three or more drinks on a single occasion

Question 47:

a) randomly
b) pre-screening survey
c) telephone interviews
d) volunteers

Question 48:

a) gender, region, year of study, living arrangement
b) gender, high recreational orientation, year of study, low academic orientation
c) region, year of study, low recreational orientation, living arrangement
d) gender, living arrangement, low academic orientation, high recreational orientation

Question 49:

a) British Columbia
b) Ontario
c) Quebec
d) Saskatchewan

Question 50:

a) Quebec has a different drinking culture
b) they are better educated on the hazards of heavy drinking
c) alcohol is not as readily available
d) all of the above

Question 51:

a) universities in Quebec
b) high schools in Quebec
c) middle schools in Quebec
d) none of the above

Question 52:

a) There was no association between the two.
b) First year students were more likely to be heavy drinkers than third year students.
c) Third year students were more likely to be heavy drinkers than first year students.
d) It depends on the region in which the university is located.

Question 53:

a) women
b) student who live in residence
c) students who are involved in academic clubs
d) all of the above

Question 54:

a) True
b) False