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M. Reid Critical Thinking Test 3 Preparation: Bulleted Item Study Guide and Practice Exam Our third test is scheduled for our next class, this coming Tuesday (October 30). Use this document as a study guide: it includes a list of bulleted items that you should know and 64 total exercises (32 problems from each chapter). The test will not be that long (expect between 40 and 50 problems). The answers to the problems contained in this practice test will be on blackboard before Sunday! What you need to know for the upcoming test on Tuesday: (1) From Chapter 6: You need to know the following fallacies from Chapter 6: Ad hominem (Personal attack; Circumstantial; Inconsistency) Straw man, Genetic fallacy, Poisoning the well Slippery slope, Line-drawing fallacy False dilemma, Perfectionist fallacy Misplaced burden of proof, Begging the question Be comfortable working with each fallacies (a way to test your self is also by whether you are able to give a rough and ready definition for each of them). And be able to recognize the presence of an argument (i.e., when there is no fallacy present). (2) From Chapter 7: You need to know the following from Chapter 7: Be able to identify the presence or absence of an argument in a brief passage. Be able to distinguish reasons in an argument from reasons in an explanation. Be able to identify the parts of an argument—premises and conclusions (indicator words help here). Know the difference between an inductive argument and a deductive argument, and be able to classify a given argument passage as containing either of deductive or in inductive argument. (In addition to being able to work with them and classify these kinds of arguments, a helpful way to test yourself with these is to see if you are able to give a rough and ready definition of each type of argument). Be able to identify relationships among premises, namely whether two premises in a passage support a conclusion independently or dependently. In passages that contain two arguments, be able to identify the presence of those two arguments and the conclusion in each. And, then be able to determine which conclusion is the principal conclusion. And finally, you need to be able to diagram arguments as we did in class and as you have done in the exercises in the back of Chapter 7 (especially in Exercise Set 7-14 through 7-17). (3) From Both Chapters Generally: Of course, you should have a basic, general working knowledge of basic concepts covered in class and emphasized in the two chapters of the text that the test will cover, which is neither surprising nor alarming, since this was the case on the previous two tests, and which you handled fine. Tip: it is a good idea to view the PowerPoint slides on blackboard again (or x2 or x3) and your notes.
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