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1
Which of the following statements concerning the nature of critical thinking is most accurate?
A)Critical thinking is about helping others and ourselves.
B)Critical thinking is about helping others.
C)Critical thinking is about attacking others.
D)Critical thinking is about self debasement.
2
Which of the following most accurately completes this sentence? "A claim is a statement that is. . ."
A)true.
B)false.
C)either true or false, but not both.
D)true and false, depending on the context.
3
Which of the following sentences is not a claim?
A)Life exists on planets other than Earth.
B)Dare to stay off drugs!
C)Something's force equals its mass multiplied by its acceleration.
D)Joe owns a pet dog.
4
Which of the following best completes this sentence? "When a sentence has a truth value, we mean that it. . ."
A)is either true or false, even if we cannot necessarily determine which it is.
B)is false.
C)is true.
D)is neither true nor false.
5
Which of the following is a good way to state an issue in neutral terms?
A)Turn the claim that one party accepts and the other party rejects into a question.
B)Place the word "if" in front of the claim that one party accepts and the other party rejects.
C)Place the words "it is possible that" in front of the claim that one party accepts and the other party rejects.
D)Place the word "whether" in front of the claim that one party accepts and the other party rejects.
6
Generally speaking, which of these statements best represents the relationship between issues and topics of conversation?
A)A topic of conversation often has several issues at stake.
B)An issue often has several topics of conversation at stake.
C)A topic never contains issues.
D)An issue just is a topic.
7
Which of the following offers the best identification of "abortion"?
A)It is a topic of conversation.
B)It is a claim.
C)It is an issue.
D)It is an argument.
8
An argument comprises which of the following?
A)at least a premise
B)at least a conclusion
C)at least two premises and a conclusion
D)at least one premise and one conclusion
9
When you encounter the word "since" in a sentence you should generally conclude that it is acting as which of the following?
A)a conclusion indicator
B)an argument indicator
C)a premise indicator
D)a propositional indicator
10
Based on your understanding of the text, which of the following do you think is most accurate?
A)None of us are entitled to our opinions.
B)We are entitled to our opinions and should stay true to them by not considering anyone else's opinion.
C)We are all entitled to our own opinions and all opinions are equal.
D)Though we are all entitled to our opinions, not all opinions are equal.
11
Which of the following is a value judgment?
A)Manuel is taller than Tonya.
B)Abortion after the first trimester is immoral.
C)It has recently been discovered that dolphins use "signature whistles" to announce their names whenever they meet another dolphin!
D)Domesticated animals are more sickly then their wild counterparts.
12
"This year's Super Bowl begins around 6:00 P.M. today, but the Fox pre-game programming will start at 1:00. Why? 'Because we can sell it,' said Ed Goren, co-executive producer of Fox Sports. 'The Super Bowl is about more. It is about excess.'" (Reported in the New York Times, January 26, 1997.) Does the speaker offer an argument in support of the issue?
A)Yes
B)No
13
"They should never have referred to the savings and loan deregulation as getting the government out of business decisions. All those deposits were insured by the government, which made public policy the biggest issue in the S&Ls' decisions." Does the speaker offer an argument in support of the issue?
A)Yes
B)No
14
"Plenty of opportunities still exist for making money. You can't throw a rock without hitting an opportunity. All you have to do is keep an open mind." Does the speaker offer an argument in support of the issue?
A)Yes
B)No
15
"Cars are not as safe as they used to be. They're more fuel-efficient, more environmentally sound, and better at surviving a 5 m.p.h. collision. But none of that adds up to safety." Does the speaker offer an argument in support of the issue?
A)Yes
B)No
16
"For many students, dropping out of school is a gradual and unintentional process…A student might start staying away from school—a day here and three or four days there—because he just doesn't feel like going. Then, before he knows it, he's missed so many days and so much work that he figures he'll fail the year anyway. Why not just pack it in? Students who drop out are not usually thinking about how this will affect their job prospects and their future lives." (Albert Shanker, President, American Federation of Teachers) Does the speaker offer an argument in support of the issue?
A)Yes
B)No
17
"[We must] recognize that the entire future of American civilization and the American people is at stake. . . . If we renew American civilization, we will almost certainly lead the human race to freedom, safety and prosperity." (From the Newton Gingrich history course, "Renewing American Civilization") Does the speaker offer an argument in support of the issue?
A)Yes
B)No
18
Do the speakers here address the same issue? Big: Don't worry about coming into the pool. It's only eight feet. Little: That doesn't make me feel any safer. You could drown in your bathtub.
A)Yes
B)No
19
Do the speakers here address the same issue? First critic: I can't believe Jay opened his reading with that terrible poem. What a disaster! Second critic: Oh, it wasn't so bad. He had his Italian suit on.
A)Yes
B)No
20
Do the speakers here address the same issue? Young: What's wrong with eating with my hands? Hands were around before forks. Old: Yours weren't.
A)Yes
B)No
21
Do the speakers here address the same issue? Owner: How could you slam the door like that? It's not your car. Rider: I know.
A)Yes
B)No
22
Do the speakers here address the same issue? Pro: These new term limits will give us better-elected officials. We'll finally have a choice other than the candidates the party machine trots out for us. Con: I don't see how it can be democratic for the people who passed these term limits to restrict other voters' choices.
A)Yes
B)No
23
Do the speakers here address the same issue? Pro: These new term limits will give us better-elected officials. We'll finally have a choice other than the candidates the party machine trots out for us. Con: All it promises is that new party hacks will get on the ballot.
A)Yes
B)No
24
Do the speakers here address the same issue? Potato: The networks have really come through with quality programming this fall. Every night of the week there are shows with literate writing and skillful acting. Potato's spouse: You sound like a sucker. They'll put on anything that they think will keep you glued to the screen.
A)Yes
B)No
25
Is the following statement a claim? "What a day!"
A)Yes
B)No
26
Is the following statement a claim? "I could eat a horse."
A)Yes
B)No
27
Is the following statement a claim? "There's nothing like mustard for a hot dog."
A)Yes
B)No
28
Is the following statement a claim? "Watch out for the loose wire."
A)Yes
B)No
29
Is the following statement a claim? "You ought to watch out for the loose wire."
A)Yes
B)No
30
Is the following statement a claim? "Who told you I left town?"
A)Yes
B)No
31
Is the following statement a claim? "How long have you been out of jail?"
A)Yes
B)No
32
Is the following statement a claim? "I've never seen a better film than Juno."
A)Yes
B)No







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