Question 1.1. (TCO 1) “Thinking about thinking” is the definition of what? (Points : 4)
Development of arguments
Measure of good sense
Development of critical skills
Writing for clarity
Question 2.2. (TCO 1, 2, 4) What is the principle concern when handling an issue? (Points : 4)
Whether a given claim is true or not
Whether the claim at issue attaches to the conclusion or not
Whether the claim at issue is clearly understood
Whether the claim is not ambiguous
Whether the claim at issue is open for discussion and resolution
Question 3.3. (TCO 1, 2, 3) What are the two conditions needed for a premise to offer support for a conclusion? (Points : 4)
It is ethical and justifies an action
It provides knowledge and defines terms
It provides reasons and analyzes data
It specifies what caused something and how it works
It is true and relevant to the conclusion
Question 4.4. (TCOs 2, 3) For inductive arguments, how do we measure their quality as stronger or weaker? (Points : 4)
Based on how much support their premises provide for the conclusion
Based on requiring little translation into syllogistic form
Based on their appearing in a standard form
Based on the clear definition of critical words
Based on the syllogism that can be formed from them
Question 5.5. (TCO 1, 2) The mode of persuasion that Aristotle defined as logos refers to arguments based on what? (Points : 4)
Whether a decision is ethical
Being alert to influences in one’s thinking
The speaker’s personal attributes
The audience’s emotions
Using information and reasoning
Question 6.6. (TCO 6) After identifying the author’s conclusion or thesis in a passage, what is the next step for understanding it? (Points : 4)
Locating the reasons that have been offered to support the conclusion
Separating the argument from other nonargumentative material attached to it
Identifying prejudicial coloring in the language of the passage
Clarifying the context of the passage
Determining the exact meaning of the thesis
Question 7.7. (TCOs 6, 7, 8, 9) Which of the five items below is usually NOT a part of a good argumentative essay? (Points : 4)
Discrediting of other authors
Rebuttals of arguments that support contrary positions
A statement of the issue
A statement of one’s position on the issue
Arguments that support one’s position on the issue
Question 8.8. (TCOs 6, 8, 9) What is the precise meaning of syntactic ambiguity? (Points : 4)
A statement is vague
It is not clear to what a pronoun is supposed to refer
A statement contains an ambiguous word or phrase
A claim is open to two or more interpretations because of its structure
It is not clear whether a word is being used to refer to a group collectively or to members within the group individually
Question 9.9. (TCOs 2, 6, 7, 8) If a claim is made by a disinterested party, we know that (Points : 4)
disinterested parties have no stake in our believing one way or another.
disinterested parties bring weaker information.
disinterested parties lack expertise in the content of given claims.
disinterested parties lack credibility over a given claim.
disinterested parties bring irrelevant considerations to discussions.
Question 10.10. (TCOs 1, 6, 7, 9) What is the purpose of the rhetorical device called a dysphemism? (Points : 4)
To improve reader acceptability of conflicting information
To convey disinformation to readers
To clarify language that would otherwise be vague
To overcome ambiguity
To produce negative effects in listener’s and reader’s attitudes towards something
Question 11.11. (TCOs 1, 7) What is the purpose of the rhetorical device called a proof surrogate? (Points : 4)
A claim for the validity of a euphemism
A suggestion that there is evidence or authority for a claim without actually citing it
A claim that proof has actually been achieved in the past
A replacement of one author or speaker by one with greater recognition
A legal process of claim by precedent
Question 12.12. (TCOs 1, 2) What is the personal ad hominem fallacy? (Points : 4)
Attacking an argument based on the personal shortcomings of the one making the argument
The status given to an argument based on the fame and good reputation of the originating person
Attacking an argument based on the confusion of what the author has presented before
Attacking an argument because of who presented it
Attributing added value to an argument based on who has presented it
Question 13.13. (TCOs 6, 7, 8) To the overall topic of burden of proof, what is the purpose of the rule called initial plausibility? (Points : 4)
The initial response of listeners or readers based on their background information
The plain and common sense of a claim when first presented
The greater burden of proof placed on someone who asserts a claim
The status of being the first claim or argument presented when a controversy begins
The greater burden of proof placed upon the first person to try to refute an argument
Question 14.14. (TCOs 1, 2) What is a standard-form categorical claim? (Points : 4)
The claim that the burden of proof must be shared because the evidence is too weak and indirect.
A claim based on the primary documents of early philosophers.
A claim that strictly follows Aristotle’s method.
A claim that relies upon the orderly processes of biology.
A claim that results from putting names or descriptions of classes into one of the AEIO forms.
Question 15.15. (TCOs 3, 4) Each standard form of categorical logic has its own graphic illustration known by what name? (Points : 4)
Block of exclusion
Square of opposition
Question 16.16. (TCOs 3, 4, 8, 9) Claims are equivalent under what terms? (Points : 4)
Under no circumstances could both be false.
Under no circumstances could one of them be true and the other false.
Under no circumstances could the truth of one transfer to the other one.
Under no circumstances could the conclusion be true if the premise is false.
Under no circumstance can they both be translated into differing standard forms of categorical logic.
Question 17.17. (TCOs 2, 3, 4) Logical relationships between corresponding claims of standard-form categorical logic are illustrated in the graphic square of opposition. What is known about two claims when they are called contradictory claims? (Points : 4)
They never have the same truth values.
One is always false in the set.
They always have the same truth values.
They never share the same subject term.
One is always true in the set.
Question 18.18. (TCOs 2, 3, 4) How do you find the converse of a standard-form claim? (Points : 4)
By matching the nouns of two claims
By changing the same claim into a negative claim
By changing the negative claim of a pair to positive language
By finding a term common to both the subject and predicate
By switching the positions of the subject and predicate terms
Question 19.19. (TCOs 2, 5) What question is addressed in concerns for bias in sampling? (Points : 4)
Is the sample size large enough to overcome issues of random sampling of a diverse target population?
What exactly is the feature in the target population that needs to be carefully included in the sample?
Is there sufficient probability that the conclusion will support a hypothesis about the target population?
Is there sufficient probability that the conclusion will support a hypothesis about the sample?
Is any related factor present in the sample in a frequency different from what we would expect to find in the target population?
Question 20.20. (TCOs 2, 5) In studying a sample, what is meant by the term error margin? (Points : 4)
Underlying assumptions about the choice of the sample itself
The range of random variation from sample to sample
Factors that reduce the diversity of the sample
The randomness of the sample population
The size of the sample itself
Question 21.21. (TCOs 1, 5, 8, 9) What is the inductive “fallacy of anecdotal evidence”? (Points : 4)
A version of hasty generalizing where the sample is just a story
Bypassing standard questions to ask for opinions
Telling personal experiences
Bypassing standard questioning to accept data that does not match the possible answers
Asking hypothetical questions of “what if…”
Question 22.22. (TCOs 1, 2) What does “attacking the analogy” mean? (Points : 4)
The acceptance of a lowered degree of similarity between analogues
Showing that analogues are not as similar as stated or implied
A conclusion based on the earliest results of a sample
Showing the interpretation of results
Overestimating the strength of an analogy
Question 23.23. (TCOs 1, 2, 3) What is the difference between an explanation and an argument? (Points : 4)
Arguments are specific; explanations are general.
Arguments support or demonstrate statements; explanations elucidate something in one way or another.
Arguments describe what does happen; explanations describe what will happen.
Arguments show the interpretation of results; explanations show the reasons for the results.
Arguments make claims; explanations make premises.
Question 24.24. (TCOs 2, 6) What is the driving concept within religious relativism in ethics? (Points : 4)
The belief that what is right and wrong is whatever one’s religious affiliation or culture deems to be right and wrong
That only one’s own religion has the correct access to ethics
That the circumstantial ad hominem fallacy does not apply to the leaders of one’s religious group
That it is important to be affiliated with a group in order to adopt its ethics and moral standards
That there is no ethical variation or conflict within religious groups when the religious groups engage controversial topics
Question 25.25. (TCOs 1, 6) “If separate cases are not different in any relevant way, then they should be treated the same way, and if separate cases are treated in the same way, they should not be different in any relevant way.” What is this principle called? (Points : 4)
Question 1. 1. (TCOs 3, 6, 7, 9) Here is a passage that contains a rhetorical fallacy.
Name that fallacy, and in a paragraph, explain why the argument is irrelevant to the point of the passage. Here is your example for this question:
Republican says, “What do you think of our party’s new plan for Medicare?”
Democrat says, “I think it is pretty good, as a matter of fact.”
Republican, “Oh? Why is that?”
Democrat, “Because you Republicans haven’t even offered a plan, that’s why!” (Points : 15)
Question 2. 2. (TCOs 5, 8) In the example below, identify the presumed cause and the presumed effect. Does the example contain or imply a causal claim, a hypothesis, or an explanation that cannot be tested?
If it does fall into one of those categories, tell whether the problem is due to vagueness, circularity, or some other problem of language.
Also tell whether there might be some way to test the situation if it is possible at all.
Here is your example:
This part of the coastline is subject to mudslides because there is a lack of mature vegetation growing on it. (Points : 15)
Question 3. 3. (TCOs 2, 4) Explain in what way the thinking of the following statement is wrong or defective. Give reasons for your judgment.
I believe that violent video games contribute to sexual violence and other forms of antisocial behavior. No one has ever shown that it doesn’t. (Points : 10)
Question 4. 4. (TCOs 3, 9) Suppose that a group of immigrants to the U.S. believes in child sacrifice as an essential part of their religious rituals. If one day the immigrant group becomes so integrated into U.S. society that most of its members no longer believe in child sacrifice, can this be thought of as moral progress from the standpoint of moral relativism? (Points : 10)
Question 5. 5. (TCOs 6, 7, 9) Here is a short essay about an investigation.
Here are also four questions/tasks write a paragraph to answer each one of them:
1. Identify the causal hypothesis at issue.
2. Identify what kind of investigation it is.
3. There are control and experimental groups. State the difference in effect (or cause) between the control and experimental groups.
4. State the conclusion that you think is warranted by the report.
Does jogging keep you healthy? Two independent researchers interested in whether exercise prevents colds interviewed 20 volunteers about the frequency with which they caught colds. The volunteers, none of who exercised regularly, were then divided into two groups of 10, and one group participated in a six-month regimen of jogging three miles every other day. At the end of the six months, the frequency of colds among the joggers was compared both with that of the nonjoggers and with that of the joggers prior to the experiment. It was found that, compared with the nonjoggers, the joggers had 25% fewer colds. The record of colds among the joggers also declined in comparison with their own record prior to the exercise program. (Points : 30)
Question 6. 6. (TCOs 3, 4, 6) Read this passage below. When you have done so, answer these three questions, writing a paragraph for each question.
Your three questions are:
1. What issue is the author addressing?
2. If the author is supporting a position with an argument, restate the argument in your own words.
3. What rhetorical devices does the author employ in this text?
“Another quality that makes [Texas Republican and former Congressman] Tom DeLay an un-Texas politician is that he’s mean. By and large, Texas pols are an agreeable set of less-than-perfect humans and quite often well-intentioned. As Carl Parker of Port Arthur used to observe, if you took all the fools out of the [legislature], it would not be a representative body any longer. The old sense of collegiality was strong, and vindictive behavior punishing pols for partisan reasons was simply not done. But those are Tom DeLay’s specialties, his trademarks. The Hammer is not only genuinely feared in Washington, he is, I’m sorry to say, hated.”
-excerpt from a column by Molly Ivins, Ft. Worth Star-Telegram (Points : 30)
Question 7. 7. (TCOs 7, 8) Read this passage below. When you have done so, answer the question in at least one full paragraph, giving specific reasons.
One day, out of frustration, your roommate rips several pages out of his or her textbook, rolls them up, and throws them across the room. You go to pick up the pages. “Leave them,” your roommate insists. “It says something. It’s art.” “It’s garbage,” you reply. Who is right? (Points : 20)
Question 8. 8. (TCOs 6, 7, 9) Read this passage below. When you have done so, answer these three questions, writing a paragraph for each question.
Your three questions are as follows.
1. What premises is the author using?
2. What conclusions does the author come to?
3. Are the conclusions justified?
Either one thinks that there is no reason for believing any political doctrine or one sees some reason, however shaky, for the commitment of politics. If a person believes that political doctrines are void of content, that person will be quite content to see political debates go on, but won’t expect anything useful to come from them. If we consider the other case that there is a patriotic justification for a political belief, then what? If the belief is that a specific political position is true, then one ought to be intolerant of all other political beliefs, since each political position must be held to be false relative to the belief one has. And since each political position holds out the promise of reward for any probability of its fixing social problems, however small, that makes it seem rational to choose it over its alternatives. The trouble, of course, is that the people who have other political doctrines may hold theirs just as strongly, making strength of belief itself invalid as a way to determine the rightness of a political position. (Points : 20)
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