I have a final paper due on the movie “This is Us” with Bruce Willis and Michelle Pfeiffer. There are 11 questions to answer after watching the movie

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I have a final paper due on the movie “This is Us” with Bruce Willis and Michelle Pfeiffer.  There are 11 questions to answer after watching the movie

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“The Story of Us”

Final Exam

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Whether you realize it or not – this movie very accurately portrays many individuals’ struggles and joys through the life of a relationship. Keep this in mind as you answer these questions and apply what we have learned about relationships. NOTE: Blaming the woman is the easy way out…we create others…how was this marriage created?

What surprises most people about the grading of this exam? I grade it tough J…fair but tough. I want you to thoroughly identify and apply the theories and concepts of relational development, relational maintenance and repair. Everything in the answers should be related to this movie and evidenced by SPECIFIC examples from the movie. SUPPORT all of your answers with specific examples of terms and theories. When you answer the questions – relate them to the movie AND to the notes you have taken.

  1. How is the Social Penetration Model evidenced in this relationship?  Explain how the theory is working/or not working. (5)
  2. Explain this relationship based on the stages of Knapp’s developmental model (staircase model) as it is evidenced in The Story of Us. Provide an example of each stage from the movie and include both coming together and coming apart. (8)
  3. What types of intimacy do you think are exhibited in the two key character’s relationship? How is it evidenced? What of the remaining types of intimacy do you think are missing? Why? (5)
  4. Do you think in the Story of Us, that “true love” is evidenced based on Sternberg’s model? Why or why not? Provide discussion through use of examples. (8)
  5. Explain the process of love in relationships based on the different types of love attitudes or styles (there are 6 of them) in this relationship – how were they evidenced and when? Provide support for your answer. (6)
  6. Identify 3 key positive turning points and 3 key negative turning points evidenced in this film and the impact they had on the relationship. (6)
  7. Two communication climates exist. First, define the confirming communication climate. Describe the confirming communication climate evident in this relationship and the specific communicative behaviors that contributed to the formation of it that was present? Identify three confirming behaviors (be specific) and name them. Provide specific examples of each and proof, relating it to theory and concepts of interpersonal communication. (5)
  1. Define the disconfirming communication climate. Describe the disconfirming communication climate of this relationship and the specific communicative behaviors that contributed to the formation of it that was present? Identify three disconfirming behaviors (be specific) and name them. Provide specific examples of each and proof, relating it to theory and concepts of interpersonal communication. (5)
  1. What FIVE relational maintenance strategies are evidenced in this movie by this couple and at what point in the relationship/movie do you think they appear? Explain. (5)
  1. What FIVE relational repair strategies do you suggest to this couple? Be specific – you are the communication expert here. What effect would these have? Why do you believe they would work? Explain. (5)
  1. Based on the dimensions existent in the definition of commitment—is this couple committed? Why or why not? Be specific? Based on academic support — Will this couple make it? Why or why not? (4)
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