Second Critical Thinking Assignment

(For Epstein and Kernberger, Sections 2.1 & 2.2)

  1. Find an example of a short argument from the OpenStaxCollege textbook that uses an indicator word.  Label the premises and the conclusion.  Circle all indicator words in the article.  Provide the page number and enough description to make it easy to find on the page (e.g. 3rd paragraph).
  2.  Is the argument valid or invalid?  Define the two terms and explain your reasoning.
  3.  Is the argument strong or weak?  Define the two terms and explain your reasoning.
  4.  Find an example of article from the Wall Street Journal with an argument.  Provide the date and page number and enough description to make it easy to find on the page (e.g. title of the article or heading if continued from an earlier page and paragraph number.)  Circle all unsupported claims in the first three paragraphs and say why you should accept, reject or suspend judgment on each, giving your reasons.

Please email me your answers by Sunday night!

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