Friday, January 09, 2009
Study Guide for Test #1
We will be having Test #1 on Thursday Jan. 15. It will cover all of chapters 1-2.
My tests will almost always have two parts: the first part will be T/F (usually 10 questions worth 2 points each) and the second part will be multiple choice (usually 20 questions worth 4 points each.) Questions will be taken from the textbook website T/F and multiple choice quizzes; from the chapter exercises in the textbook, and a few new ones that I make up.
As always, do the TF and Multiple choice quizzes and the PPT tutorial on the textbook website. Do as many of the exercises in the textbook as you need in order to master the material, and then check your work against the answer key, which is on library reserve. Review the handouts. Review the chapter summaries.
Remember, this is a SKILLS class; so PRACTICE makes perfect!
Be able to define or identify these terms and use them :
Argument A claim defended with reasons.
Conclusion indicators (be able to list at least four or five)
Premise indicator (be able to list four or five)
Principle of charity
Also, be able to:
1) State the standards for clear thinking
2) State the barriers to critical thinking
3) Pick out statements/propositions from other kinds of sentences.
4) Identify ought-imperatives as opposed to regular imperatives; and identify rhetorical questions as opposed to regular questions.
5) Know when an imperative sentence is a statement and when it is not.
6) Identify the premises of any given argument
7) Identify the conclusion of any given argument
8) Be able to identify the antecedent and the consequent in a given conditional statement.
9) Be able to state whether a given piece of text is an illustration, or an explanation, or an argument