GROUP ORAL EXAM
DESCRIPTION
** LAST UPDATED: 13 DECEMBER 2017 **

Sometime between 18 and 22 December, instead of regular American Culture class, students will participate in a 30- to 45-minute Group Oral Exam, during which students will answer questions about a film which your group has selected from Table 2 (below). Before the actual Oral Exam, there are several tasks to complete.

This document gives details on how to prepare for the Oral Exam. To begin, look at Table 1 for a list of tasks and the deadline for each task:

TABLE 1
TASKS DEADLINE
1. Choose Group and Film Before 15.00, Wednesday, 22 November
2. Complete Planning Outline Before 12.30, Tuesday, 28 November
3. Erin Updates Table 3 and Adds 3 Questions On or before Friday, 1 December
4. Group Office Visit: Before this visit, watch your film at least once and think about how you are going to answer each of your questions.
  1. Schedule visit: Before 14.30 on Wednesday, 13 December
  2. Do visit: Before 16.30, Friday, 15 December
5. Prepare, inc. Oral Exam Outline and List of Sources Up to 2 hours before time of first Oral Exam on your day
7. Give Oral Exam Outline and List of Sources At least 2 hours before the first Oral Exam on your day
8. Do Oral Exam Between 18 and 22 December (specific times announced later, based on students' and Erin's schedules)




DESCRIPTION OF TASKS TO PREPARE FOR AND GIVE ORAL EXAM

  1. Choose Group and Film: Give Erin names of 3-4 students and film title, which can be chosen from TABLE 2 — each student must individually confirm his or her group and film selection, on time

TABLE 2
# FILM TITLE (MPAA RATING) YEAR TOPIC DIRECTOR
1 Best Years of Our Lives (NR) 1946 Recovery from War; Disabilities; TOP 100 William Wyler
2 Big (PG) 1988 Growing Up in American Business Penny Marshall
3 The Big Chill (R) 1983 Post-university American Dream Lawrence Kasdan
4 Breakfast at Tiffany's (NR) 1961 Avoiding Homosexuality; Classic Blake Edwards
5 Bridge of Spies (PG-13) 2015 Historical Drama; Due Process Steven Spielberg
6 Brooklyn (PG-13) 2015 Immigration; American Dream John Crowley
7 Capote (R) 2005 Truman Capote Biography: In Cold Blood Bennett Miller
8 Dakota Skye (R) 2007 Her Superpower: Knowing When People Lie John Humber
9 Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (NR) 1964 Nuclear Power Stanley Kubrick
10 Fisher King, The (R) 1991 Self-Discovery and Forgiveness Terry Gilliam
11 Garden State (R) 2004 Family Dysfunction Zach Braff
12 High Fidelity (R) 2000 Romance and Quirkiness Stephen Frears
13 Last Supper, The (R) 1995 Liberals vs. Conservatives Stacy Title
14 Manchester by the Sea (R) 2016 Death and Family Dysfunction Kenneth Lonergan
15 Michael Moore in Trumpland – (NR)
Not in Library – Streaming Only
2016 Why People Voted for Trump Michael Moore
16 Mystic Pizza (R) 1988 Coming of Age Donald Petrie
17 Smoke (R) 1995 Eccentricities in Brooklyn, NY Wayne Wang
18 Spotlight (R) 2015 Sex Scandal, Coverup, Religion, and Free Press Tom McCarthy
19 Straight Story, The (G) 1999 Family Dysfunction in Rural America David Lynch
20 Stranger Than Fiction (PG-13) 2006 Second Chances in Fantasy Marc Forster
21 Times of Harvey Milk, The (NR) 1983 DOCUMENTARY: America's 1st Openly Gay Mayor Robert Epstein
22 Women, The (NR) 1939 Romance: But There Are Only Women? George Cukor

  1. Complete Planning Outline

  2. Erin Updates Table 3: with group names, film title, and date & time of actual Oral Exam

TABLE 3: ORAL EXAM
# PEOPLE IN GROUP FILM DATE AND TIME
(about 45 minutes per Group)
1 Emir Gün Bingöl, Elif Öykü Kızıltaş,
Begüm İdil Yörük, Elif Yurddaş
Breakfast at Tiffany's 12/19/2017
13.15-14.00
2 Amine Şeyma Şan, Dilan Tamer, İpek Uyar The Fisher King 12/19/2017
14.00-14.45
3 Oben Akın, Mete Tahsin Kuşgöz,
Eyüp Melik Yalçın, Öykü Yorgun
Michael Moore in Trumpland 12/19/2017
14.45-15.30
4 Aydın Deniz Çiçekoğlu, Hande Doğan, Merve Ceren Sözgen Big 12/19/2017
12.30-13.15
5 Gizem Güçlü, Eylül Yağmur, Berkcan Yücel Bridge of Spies 12/19/2017
09.45-10.30
6 Melisa Algür, Elmas Ertunç, Hicabi Furkan Karaman Stranger Than Fiction 12/20/2017
13.30-14.15
7 Eylül Avhan, Fatma Selin Somuncu, Yiğit Abbas Yılmaz Spotlight 12/20/2017
15.45-16.30
8 Çağrı Bezirhan, Yusuf Düzen,
Mehmet Kahraman, Yiğit Atalay Tez
Manchester by the Sea 12/19/2017
17.45-18.30 10.45-11.30
9 Eda Çaldemir, Defne Duru, Pınar Sezer, Hazal Yalçınkaya Brooklyn 12/20/2017
12.45-13.30
10 Tonguç Çelikcan, Ceren Çeper,
Sabrican Özdemir, Fatma Yaren Özen
Dr. Strangelove or: ... Love the Bomb 12/20/2017
16.30-17.15
11 Gülen İpek Aktaş, Meliha Bahar Keleş, Cihan Taşpolat Dakota Skye 12/19/2017
11.45-12.30
12 Demet Erdoğan, Serdar Karaman, Damla Kayaalp Smoke 12/20/2017
17.15-18.00
13 Ege Kacar, Boran Özgül, Akın Cem Tokgöz Garden State 12/20/2017
18.00-18.45

  1. Prepare for Oral Exam

    • Look at and understand all questions. Watch film a few times in order to answer the questions.

    • Prepare summary: At the beginning of the Oral Exam, one or several of you gives a two-minute summary of the story in the film.

    • Questions:
      • For all films:
        1. Which amendment in the Bill of Rights do you think is the most important for your film?
        2. Why are each of the other 9 Amendments in the Bill of Rights less important for your film? (NOTE: State clearly why each amendment is less important. Your answer to this question will be given by 2 or 3 students.)
        3. How does race play a part in your film?
        4. How do gender issues play a part in your film?
        5. How do class issues play a part in your film?
        6. How do issues concerning sexual orientation play a part in your film?
        7. What is one other interesting question for your particular film? (NOTE: Students will go over question and answer with Erin in the Group Office Visit.)
      • After students have selected films, Erin will add 3 additional questions, for each film
        1. Breakfast at Tiffany's
          1. If this film were released in 2018, who would your group choose to play Holly Golightly? Why?
          2. In your group's opinion, what is the most important way that this film differs from Truman Capote's novel?
          3. How are family values important in this film?
        2. The Fisher King
          1. How does this film use the medieval Arthurian legend?
          2. How does mental illness play a part in this film?
          3. How is homelessness dealt with in this film?
        3. Michael Moore in Trumpland
          1. How does this film make your group look differently at people who voted for Donald Trump for US president?
          2. Does your group think Michael Moore was right about the outcome of the election, or just lucky? Why?
          3. Does your group think Michael Moore should run for US president in 2020? Why or why not?
        4. Big
          1. If this film were released in 2018, what would be one (or more) major change?
          2. What topic or scene in this film do your group find unpleasant?
          3. How are family values important in this film?
        5. Bridge of Spies
          1. In your group's opinion, since the historical timing of this film, has the US changed or pretty much stayed the same? Why?
          2. What would drive someone to be a spy for their country?1
          3. How are family values important in this film?
        6. Stranger than Fiction
          1. How does this film present truth and fantasy differently?
          2. Does your group think this film realistically promotes the ideology of "making the world a better place"?2
          3. If your group were to make a film using a similar ideology, what would be one (or more) major change?
        7. Spotlight
          1. How does this film deal with loyalty?
          2. How is the concept of forgiveness both important and abused in this film?
          3. Does your group think this film focuses more on the scandal of sexual abuse or the scandal of cover-up? Why?
        8. Manchester by the Sea
          1. How is the concept of forgiveness important in this film?
          2. How is this film both devastating and liberating?
          3. How are family values important in this film?
        9. Brooklyn
          1. In your group's opinion, what is the most important way that this film differs from Tóibín's novel?
          2. How does Eilis become "more" American in this film?
          3. How are family values important in this film?
        10. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
          1. How does this film apply to current situations in the US and the world?
          2. How is the US President (in this film) similar to Adolf Hitler?3
          3. If this film were released in 2018, who would your group choose to replace the actor Peter Sellers? Why?
        11. Dakota Skye
          1. Does this film pass the three questions in the Bechdel test?4
          2. In the end, does your group think Dakota's superpowers fail her? Why or why not?
          3. How are family values important in this film?
        12. Smoke
          1. Does your group think this film encourages people to smoke? Why or why not?
          2. Does your group agree or disagree with Augie, that Paul, or perhaps society in general, will "never get it if you don't slow down"?
          3. How are family values important in this film?
        13. Garden State
          1. How does mental illness play a part in this film?
          2. What does Sam mean when she says that her mom adopted Titembay from "like years ago"?
          3. How are family values important in this film?


        1Question edited from EduBlogs.org.
        2Question edited from Stranger Than Fiction Discussion (Dartmouth College).
        3Question edited from Philosophical Films.
        4See Pass the Bechdel Test.

  2. Prepare Oral Exam Outline and List of Sources: During the actual Oral Exam, you may refer to the Oral Exam Outline for help. Your answers in the Oral Exam Outline may not have complete sentences. All students in your group must use the same Oral Exam Outline. For the List of Sources, you must have at least three English-language resources. Acceptable forms include: credible movie review sources; unacceptable forms include: Wikipedia (or anything like it) and IMDB.com (or anything like it).

  3. Group Office Visit: At least once, at a time agreed upon by the group and Erin, all in your group must participate together in an office visit, to go over all of the questions — this will take at least 30 minutes. Before this visit, watch your film at least once and think about how you are going to answer each of your questions.

  4. Give Oral Exam Outline and List of Sources: At least 2 hours before the first Oral Exam on your day.

  5. Do Oral Exam:
    • Place of Oral Exams: LC-104
    • If a student chooses not to show up for the Oral Exam, s/he receives no credit for the entire Oral Exam
    • If Bilkent cancels classes during the Oral Exams days, schedule a new time for your Oral Exam before leaving campus that day




MARKING SYSTEM

Out of 100 total points for American Culture, you can receive a maximum of 35 points for your Group Oral Exam. Table 4 shows the complete grading information:

TABLE 4: OVERALL GROUP PROJECT MARK
TASK POINTS
Group and Film Selection 1
Planning Outline 3
Group Office Visit 5
Oral Exam Outline and List of Sources 4
Summary (on day of Oral Exam) 2
Questions (on day of Oral Exam) 20
TOTAL 35