· Assess the validity of an argument.
1. CheckPoint 1: Argument Validity
· Resources: Ch. 7 and the Answers, Suggestions, and Tips for Triangle Exercises section of Critical Thinking. You are not required to complete questions displaying a triangle symbol.
· Complete Exercise 7-9 on pp. 236–237 of the text.
2. CheckPoint 2: Critical Thinking Quiz
· Consider the following: You have learned to think and write critically, assess argument credibility, recognize rhetorical devices, categorize fallacies, analyze arguments, and assess argument validity. In this critical thinking quiz, you have the opportunity to test your critical thinking skills and measure your progress in this course. As you complete the Critical Thinking Quiz and review the feedback, use the information to determine your critical thinking strengths and note areas in which you still need improvement.
· Complete the Critical Thinking Quiz on the Materials tab of your student Web site. You may complete the quiz only once.
· Copy and paste your individual results for the quiz into a new post in your Individual forum. Type Critical Thinking Quiz in the subject line of this post.
3. Assignment: Argument Evaluation
· Read the article “Controlling Irrational Fears After 9/11” on pp. 456–458 of Appendix 1.
· Identify at least two arguments in the article. Outline the premises and conclusions of each argument you find. Then, answer the following questions for each argument, making sure to explain how you arrived at your answers.
o Do the premises sufficiently support the conclusions?
o Are the arguments either deductively valid or inductively strong, or are they invalid or weak?
o Are the premises true or plausibly true, or are they difficult to prove?
· Note that you may choose to evaluate invalid or weak arguments, but you must describe how they are invalid or weak.
· Post your paper as an attachment.
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