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hum 111 midterm - 1 Using the critical thinking skills you...

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1. Using the critical thinking skills you have gained so far and referring to the materials provided for this assignment, identify two possible strategies that Thomas Hutchinson or Samuel Adams likely used to develop and improve their thinking as those historical events unfolded prior to taking a stand and acting according to their beliefs. Two possible strategies Thomas Hutchinson or Samuel Adams likely used to develop and improve their thinking prior to taking a stand and acting according to their beliefs would be to ‘Visualize the solution’ and ‘Construct pro and con arguments.’ Thomas Hutchinson may have envisioned the increasing problems with the colonists and the potential for confrontation unfolding, but in doing so did not fathom the outcome to be as forceful an action taken as the Boston Tea Party. In visualizing a solution, Hutchinson played against both sides when Parliament proposed the Stamp Act that he publicly refused to oppose and was caught decrying the measure that he secretly subscribed. He believed in his approach and that his position as a supporter of British authority would end the rule of law and restore balance between the ruling British and the rights of the colonists. Samuel Adams, on the other hand, I believe used his writing avenues, his voice, to construct pro and con arguments in colonists minds as well as his own. He offered ‘food for thought’ and lead people to awareness and aided them in weighing the pros and cons of living in organized colonies that could face the loss of independence, liberty, and a voice. Both men had to apply critical thinking strategies to the numerous issues by problem solving. With the government set on taxing the American colonists to recoup from war costs, the ploy to incur additional methods to control better the increasing independence of these people as the colonies grew. The Stamp Act, the Townsend Act (The Historic Academy, 2008), and the Boston Massacre infuriated colonists, pushing them to defy the rules and gain their own rights and independence and not to be governed by British rules and its unjust laws. Careful observation, evaluation, and interpretation of the people and the situation from both sides were considered before Samuel Adams took action. Thomas Hutchinson may have surmised that the laws could stir trouble but not as to give cause for the rebellious and costly loss of goods resulting in the Boston Tea Party. I believe Adams was aware of the risks and consequences involved whether the action was taken or in taking no action what the results could be. In opinion only, I do not believe Hutchinson fully examined consequences. Additionally, I believe that he assumed the colonist would do as they were supposed to do and not compromise themselves over taxation or any other law enacted. He assumed they would be submissive in the end.
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Critical thinking restructures one’s thinking and lessens the chance of material consumed with false opinions. 2.
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