ASL Culture Test

  1. I don’t need to explain to the teacher that I need to leave class early today.
    A. True, it is private. It is none of teacher’s business.
    B. False, I have to do this because it is part of a deaf culture’s rules.
    B. False
  2. All Deaf people can lip-read and understand everything spoken in English.
    True or False

    Only 20 to 30% of all spoken sounds are visible on the lips. The rest of it are just a guessing game.
  3. The name signs are signs that are used as people's names. There are specific signs that refer to specific people whether they are present or not.
    True or False
  4. In ASL, tense (past, present, future) is usually established at what point in the sentence?

    A. at the beginning of the sentence
  5. If your path is blocked by two signers conversing with each other, it is rude to walk through the path of two signers.
    True or False
    False; Simply walk through and politely
  6. The preferred communication strategy between Deaf and hearing People is:

    C.  Using Sign Language
  7. The role of facial expressions, head movements, and eye gaze in American Sign Language is primarily:

    B. Grammatical
  8. To get the attention of a Deaf person who is looking the other way, you should tap him/her on the shoulder.
    True or False
  9. A culturally appropriate way to identify Deaf people would be to say they are:
    A. deaf and dumb
    B. deaf mutes
    C. hearing impaired
    D. all of the above
    none of above
    E. none of above. Many Deaf people prefer to be called “Deaf” with a capital “D” because it focuses on identity and on what they HAVE: culture and language.
  10. Is it rude when you speak in the presence of a Deaf person?  
    Yes or No
    Yes (True)
  11. You arrive at class several minutes late and did not provide the reason why you arrive late. Is this OK? a. No  b. Yes
    A. No; Doing this is polite and a part of Deaf Culture
  12. Approximately what percent of Deaf people who marry are married to other Deaf people?

    C. 90 percent

    The Deaf World has the highest rate of intermarriages of any ethnic group, around ninety percent.
  13. Is American Sign Language (ASL) a visual form of English?

    It is a language capable of expressing any abstract ideas and utilizing space and movement to convey meaning.
  14. Dogs and cats with white fur and blue eyes are often deaf. True or False.
  15. A YES/NO question requires:
    A. raised eyebrows
    B. lower eyebrows
    A. raised eyebrows
  16. For One-handed signs:
    Is it OK to use your non-dominant hand for words signed with one hand?
    NO!  You must use your dominant hand at all times unless your dominant hand is busy, such as holding a book.
  17. Is it OK to walk through a conversation?
    Answer: Depends…

    If you must walk through, it is OK. Just be quick. It is not rude.
  18. How to get a Deaf person’s attention (5):
    • Tap shoulder
    • Wave hand
    • Flicker lights
    • Stomp on floor
    • Bang on table

    Keep in mind each of these should be done appropriately and depending on the situation, as it can be taken as rudeness or misunderstood for anger.
  19. What composes a sign?
    Think of five parameters….
    • 1. Hand-shape (configuration)
    • 2. Palm Orientation
    • 3. Location
    • 4. Movement
    • 5. Non-Manual Markers (Signalers)
  20. Is American Sign Language used everywhere in the world?

    ASL is used mainly by people living in the United States and in Canada.
  21. Historically, American Sign Language is related to: 

    D. ASL is historically related to French Sign Lang
  22. American Sign Language is used by most Deaf people in which of the following countries?
    A. Canada
    B. United States
    C. Mexico
    D. Brazil
    E. England
    • A. Canada
    • B. United States
  23. Approximately what percent of Deaf people who marry are married to other Deaf people?

    B. 90 percent

    The Deaf World has the highest rate of intermarriages of any ethnic group, around ninety percent.
  24. American Sign Language is traditionally handed down from generation to generation through:
    A. Deaf family members
    B. Deaf adults in the community
    C. Residential Schools for the Deaf
    D. Sign Language teachers
    E. Classroom teachers
    A and C. Traditionally, in language minority/cultural groups,language is learned naturally from one’s family. Only 10-13% of Deaf children are born to families with other Deaf members.

    For the rest of Deaf children, the Deaf residential school was   the primary venue for learning ASL.
  25. While watching another person sign, it is appropriate to focus on the signer’s:

    B. Face
  26. When you use ranking for siblings, you can use either of your dominant and non-dominant hand at anytime.
    True or False

    You MUST use your non-dominant hand at all time.
  27. Among ASL signers, finger-spelling is mainly used in what ways?
    A. interchangeably with any sign
    B. to specify brand names
    C. as an artistic form of signing
    D. to give names of people and places
    B and D.

    Finger-spelling is used mainly for giving names (brand names and people).
  28. ASL makes use of the space in front of a signer’s  body to:
    A. convey distance
    B. contrast two people, places, things, or ideas
    C. express time concepts
    D. indicate sentence types
    A, B, & C.
  29. Which of the following are considered rude by Deaf people?
    A. Moving a person aside so you can pass through
    B. Watching a signed conversation
    C. describing a distinctive feature of a person to identify him/her
    D. Talking (using voice) in the presence of Deaf people.
    • B and D
    • B. If you know how to sign and you are listening in on a conversation that has nothing to do with you.
    • D. If you know how to sign but choose to speak in front of the deaf person, therefore you are being rude.
  30. Other than the word ‘deaf’, a culturally appropriate way to identify Deaf people would be to say they are:
    A. deaf and dumb
    B. deaf mutes
    C. hearing impaired
    D. all of the above
    none of above
    E. Obviously “deaf” is only word you should use; however, you may have someone who prefer to be identified as hard of hearing.
  31. Personal and Possessive Pronouns
    Both personal (I/You) and possessive (my/your) pronouns has the same hand-shape.
    True or False
  32. American Sign Language (ASL) is________________. 
    A. a visual form of English
    B. a language that relies on mime
    C. a language capable of expressing any abstract ideas
    D. a language using picture-like images to express ideas and concepts
    E. a language utilizing space and movement to convey meaning.
    C and E
  33. The sign FINISH:
    Does not have a specific Non Manual Marker.
    True or False
    False; uses FISH as NMM.
  34. How do you create a WH-question (3)?
    • 1. Eyebrows are lowered
    • 2. Head is Learned forward
    • 3. Hold the last sign
  35. Response to Yes/No Question
    You don’t need to use any Non- Manual Marker (NMM) such as head nod or head shake to respond to any yes/no question .
    True or False
    False. You must always nod or negate your head when you answer the yes/no question.
  36. Identification: It is rude when you can identify the person by appearance. True or False
  37. In time signs, which time frame that moves back or behind your body?

    C. Past
  38. Who signs the diploma when the students graduate from Gallaudet University?

    B. the President of the United States
  39. You need to lower your eyebrows for a YES/NO Question. True or False
    False; you MUST raise your eyebrows for all YES/NO Questions.
  40. A person born deaf that does not speak is called deaf mute.
    True or False
    • B. False
    • A deaf person has a larynx (voice box), but
    • often choose not to speak.
  41. Agreement Verb (i.e, show, give, help)

    It is known as a Directional Verb.
    True or False
  42. If you don’t know the sign for a word, you should finger-spell.
    True or False
    False. You should only gesture, act it out or point. Not finger-spell!
  43. What & Where is Gallaudet University?
    The only liberal college for Deaf in the World in Washington, DC.
  44. In time signs, everything that moves forward or front of your body indicates which time frame?
    • A. Present
    • B. Past
    • C. Future
    • D. Any time frame
  45. When you rank your family members (sibling or children), always use your dominant hand.  True  or False
  46. To tell the age, you need to sign the number first and then sign OLD. True or False
    False. No, to sign the age, you will need to have your finger contacts your chin. And then you immediately add the number.
  47. There are different kinds of Number Types. (7)
    • Cardinal
    • Age
    • Ordinal
    • Clock
    • Cent
    • Year
    • Dollar
  48. Name signs has two types. They are:
    Arbitrary and Descriptive
  49. In ASL, we add finger-spelled “nd” or “th” at the end of the “tenth and up”.
    True or False
    False. In English, we added “st”, “nd”, “rd”, “th”, but for ASL, we added all “th”, starting at “tenth and up”.
  50. If you don’t know the sign for a word, what other option you could do (5)?
    • 1. Point to object
    • 2. Draw picture
    • 3. List things in the category
    • 4. Use opposites
    • 5. Describe/act out
  51. When signing TIME, what numbers do you sign with a slight waving motion?
    1 – 9 There is no waving motion for the number 10 -12
  52. When a signer is using a lot of facial expressions while he/she signs.  What is it called?
    Non-Manual Markers (or behaviors/signals)
  53. The least preferred communication strategy between Deaf and hearing People is:  

    C. Speech and lipreading
  54. When you identify the person, always mention the gender first.
    True or False
    True. i.e., SEE WOMAN, BLUE SHIRT. HER NAME __________.
  55. Is it true that “everyone knows sign language” in Martha’s Vineyard in Cape Cod, MA?
    A. Yes
    B. No
    A. Yes
  56. Who is Laurent Clerc?
    Laurent Clerc who was Deaf himself came from France in the early 1800’s to help establish the first school for deaf children in America in Hartford, Ct.
  57. Who is Douglas Tilden?
    • He is first California Sculptor to attain recognition and worldwide fame outside The. U.S.
    • Considered the Michelangelo of The American West.
  58. Who is Andrew Foster?
    Spent his life dedicated to improving education for Deaf people. A teacher, pioneer, and missionary, his legacy lives on in the many schools he opened in West Africa.
  59. Who is Regina Olson Hughes?
    The most renowned Deaf scientific illustrator, took her love of flowers and art and turned it in to a lasting contribution to science.
  60. Who is Marie Jean Philip?
    Was a determined but gentle warrior in the fight to have Deaf children learn through ASL. At a critical time in Deaf Education and culture, she broke through boundaries and inspired change.
  61. Who is Clayton Valli?
    Used his Natural gift for eloquent ASL, his curiosity and drive, to study his language and make a lasting contribution to ASL Poetry and Linguistics.
  62. Who is Arthur “Art” Kruger?
    Was passionate about sports all his life, and turned that passion into a lasting legacy as the “father” of the American Athletic Association of the Deaf (AAAD), now the US Deaf Sports Federation (USDSF), and as a tireless trailblazer who champion US Deaf sports at the international level.
  63. Who is Nathie Marbury?
    Was a well-known storyteller and poet, beloved educator, and an inspirational role model for the Black Deaf community.
  64. Who is Eric Malzkuhn?
    Was A celebrated teacher, story teller, playwright, poet and sing master who made a lasting mark on the Deaf community.
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ASL Culture Test
ASL Culture Test