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Final Exam for Honors Critical Thinking

 

The final will not be accepted by e-mail nor will it be accepted early.

 

1.                  Take examples and analyze them.  Follow either of these options:

 

A.      OPTION 1:  Evaluate the essay “Socialist Feminism:  Our
         Bridge to Freedom” by Nellie Wong as it appears on pages
         542-547 in Social Justice in a Diverse Society edited by
         Manning and Trujillo.  Complete an evaluation of it by
         considering these topics:

a.      Identify and evaluate an inductive argument used by this author.

b.      Identify and evaluate a deductive argument used by this author.

c.      Apply Venn diagrams to any syllogistic arguments or enthymemes that you find in the piece.

d.      Evaluate the evidence used in the message

e.      Identify any fallacies in the piece (limit two)  HINT:  pay attention to fallacies of language.

B.  OPTION 2:  Search newspapers and magazines and find one
     example each of the materials to illustrate the following
     elements.  Make sure to attach the examples (or photocopies)
     and give complete bibliographic citations for the items.

a.      Identify and evaluate an inductive argument.

b.      Identify and evaluate a deductive argument.

c.      Apply Venn diagrams to evaluate a syllogistic arguments or enthymeme.

d.      Evaluate an example of statistical evidence and an example of opinion evidence.

e.      Identify two fallacies of argument.

 

 2.              Find an example of a verbal dispute controversy and
         describe it in a paragraph.  Explain what type of verbal
         dispute it really is.

         3.        Find a letter to the editor out of any newspaper and refute
                   it.  Make sure you also identify the refutation strategy you
                   are employing.

         4.                  Outline an argumentative speech on the topic:  Resolved:
                  
that the federal government should implement a
                   comprehensive program of medical care for all U.S.
                   citizens.  Include all elements we have covered (except the
                   rebuttal step) in your outline.