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Chapter 04

Chapter objectives: Group Tasks and Activities

In this chapter, you will learn to do the following:

  • Choose interaction strategies that optimize or maximize the group task
  • Move easily among different types of group tasks
  • Help complete your group's charge by assessing the task's characteristics
  • Help your group identify and remove constraints affecting your task
  • Identify appropriate outcomes against which to evaluate the group's completion of a task
  • Explain how your group satisfies the characteristics of a bona fide group

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  1. Which of the following is an example of a task and activity constraint?
      a. The need to represent diverse views.
      b. The degree to which the decision must be implemented.
      c. Outcome ambiguity.
      d. Time pressures.
      e. All of the above.
  2. Which of the following is(are) task characteristics?
      a. Member's satisfaction in the group.
      b. Embeddedness.
      c. Member's acceptance level.
      d. Connectivity.
      e. All of the above.
  3. When a problem has many alternatives available for solving it, this can most likely be described as:
      a. solution multiplicity
      b. population familiarity
      c. task difficulty
      d. social complexity
      e. intrinsic interest
  4. Which three attributes are most commonly used to conceptualize teams and groups?
      a. Task dimension, relational dimension, planning dimension
      b. Negotiating, competing, performing
      c. Population familiarity, social complexity, solution multiplicity
      d. Organizing structure, interdependence, cooperation
      e. Inclusion, negotiating goals and roles, termination
  5. In the evaluation of a group task or activity, standards of quality, quantity, and timeliness are used in determining:
      a. group continuity.
      b. the existence of a false consensus.
      c. the type of group task.
      d. decision quality.
      e. intrinsic interest.
  6. Which of the following is a way to characterize groups and distinguish them from one another?
      a. The time span that the group members are together.
      b. Whether groups are formal or informal.
      c. Relational versus task orientation of the group.
      d. The scope of the groupB s activities.
      e. All of the above.
  7. Task difficulty refers most clearly to:
      a. simple tasks that have a correct answer.
      b. tasks that are easier when there are fewer individuals in the group.
      c. tasks which require greater effort, knowledge, or skill.
      d. a task for which easily obtained information exists.
      e. the number of alternatives available for solving the problem.
  8. Which of the following is an example of a task and activity constraint?
      a. The need to represent diverse views.
      b. The degree to which the decision must be implemented.
      c. Outcome ambiguity.
      d. Time pressure.
      e. All of the above.
  9. Groups that use technology to communicate are distanced by space even if they are in the same building.
      a. No, technology eliminates any meaningful distance among group members.
      b. No, group members are in the same building; therefore, members are not distanced by space.
      c. An interdependent group.Yes, group members using technology are distanced by spaceB physical space and psychological, or relational, space.
  10. Which principle is true about group member participation?
      a. The more a group member speaks, the more impact he or she has on the group and its task.
      b. Participation among group members is not equal.
      c. Group member participation is a function of the number of group members.
      d. All of the above.
      e. None of the above.
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