Crt 205 Final Project - Axia College Material Appendix E...

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Axia College Material Appendix E Critical Analysis Forms Fill out one form for each source. Source 1 Title and Citation: controversies: Drug Legalization. Ed KarenBalkin. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, (2005). Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center. Gale. Apollo Library. http://find.galegroup.com/ovrc/infomark.do? 1 Identify the principal issue presented by the source. The use of marijuana at an early age is indicative of an increased chance for the abuse of other illicit drugs. 2 Identify any examples of bias presented by the author. If none exist, explain how you determined this. The only example of bias that I see is the statement, ”Marijuana is a gateway drug.” The statement could have been worded, “Studies show marijuana may be a gateway drug.” 3 Identify any areas that are vague or ambiguous. If none exist, explain how you determined this. I could not identify any areas of vagueness. The report seems to be clearly stated, and backed up by several studies. 4 Do you find the source credible? Explain your reasoning. I believe the source is credible. The authors are researchers for the drug abuse and mental health service administration. 5 Identify and name any rhetorical devices used by the author. If none exist, explain how you determined this. I did not identify any rhetorical devices. I determined this by re-reading the material after reviewing the chapter on rhetorical devices. 6 Identify and name any fallacies used by the author. If none exist, explain how you determined this. I believe the fallacy of slippery slope is in this report. 7 State one argument made by the author. They argue that marijuana use before the age of 12 causes a decrease in the ability to develop proper life skills, and increases the risk of contracting H.I.V. . CRT 205
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8 Identify the premises and conclusion of the argument. The premise is that the use of marijuana is destructive. The conclusion is that the younger a person starts the more destructive behaviors may be exhibited. 9 Is the author’s argument valid or invalid, sound or unsound, strong or weak? Explain how you determined this. I believe the author’s argument is valid, sound, and
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