Semiotics Exam Practice

Ferdinand de Saussure

Want to know the difference between signifier and signified? The following exercises will help you revise the key concepts of Saussure's sign system.

Roland Barthes

If you want to develop your understanding of the signification process, try deconstructing the following media texts. The questions focus on denotation, connotation and myth.

Charles Peirce's Sign Categories

Charles Peirce divided signs into three categories: icon, index and symbol. The best way to learn the difference between these terms is to analyse a broad range of media texts. The following examples will get you started.

Triadic Model

Charles Peirce's approach to understanding signs is a more complex model because there are three elements to consider: the representamen, object and interpretant. These practice questions will help you get to grips with his theory.