When you've finished researching the Savage-Rumbaugh study, have a go at these questions. They're based on Section A and Section B of the summer exam. Of course, in the real exam Section A will test you on all the Core Studies.
1. From the study by Savage-Rumbaugh et al., outline two methods that were used to record the lexigrams used by the apes. 
2. Describe two differences between the language acquisition of pygmy chimpanzees (bonobos) and common chimpanzees. 
3. (a) Savage-Rumbaugh et al. conclude that Kanzi’s use of language might be “a precursor of syntactical structure”. Explain what is meant by ‘syntax’. 
(b) Describe one other conclusion from the study by Savage-Rumbaugh et al.. 
4. Identify two similarities between Kanzi’s acquisition of language and the way human children acquire language. 
5. (a) Savage-Rumbaugh et al. used formal tests with the chimpanzees. Why were such tests necessary? 
(b)Describe one of the formal tests that was used to test Kanzi. 
6. In the study by Savage-Rumbaugh et al., explain the criterion used to decide whether a chimpanzee had acquired true comprehension of a word. 
(a) What was the aim of the study by Savage-Rumbaugh et al.? 
(b) Describe the sample used in the study by Savage-Rumbaugh et al.. 
(c) Describe the way data was collected in the study by Savage-Rumbaugh et al.. 
(d) Give one advantage and one disadvantage of conducting case studies. 
(e) Outline the conclusions drawn from the study by Savage-Rumbaugh et al.. 
(f) Suggest two changes that could be made to this study and outline what impact these changes might have on the results.