crt_205_appendix_d (2)

crt_205_appendix_d (2) - Axia College Material Appendix D...

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Axia College Material Appendix D Critical Analysis Forms Fill out one form for each source. Source 1 Title and Citation: Marijuana Is A Gateway Drug Current Controversies: Drug Legalization. Karen F. Balkin, San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 2005. From Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center 1 Identify the principal issue presented by the source. The principal issue in this article is the argument that marijuana is a gateway drug to other illicit drugs. 2 Identify any examples of bias presented by the author. If none exist, explain how you determined this. The article I think is one sided on with some facts stating that marijuana is a gateway drug for other illicit drugs and only gives the argument that delaying the onset of young adults could be important in preventing the use of marijuana or other illicit drug use. 3 Identify any areas that are vague or ambiguous. If none exist, explain how you determined this. In the paragraphs under the headline Marijuana Is a Gateway Drug I think some of the statements are vague. An example of a this vague statement in this article is: “Consequently, delaying the onset of marijuana initiation could be important in preventing the progression into heavy drug involvement and other drug-related health risk behaviors, as well as in decreasing the social burdens of illicit drug use.” I think this is a vague statement because some may wonder how the author came to this conclusion and could be more detailed to explain the reasoning for this statement. 4 Do you find the source credible? Explain your reasoning. I find the sources to be credible because this is a credible university cite as well as the information is backed up by facts for the premise and the conclusions of arguments. CRT 205
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5 Identify and name any rhetorical devices used by the author. If none exist, explain how you determined this. In this article Marijuana Is a Gateway Drug there is no rhetorical devices because the author is using facts to support the argument instead of using opinions to support the argument. 6 Identify and name any fallacies used by the author. If none exist, explain how you determined this. In this article I found no fallacies used by the author. I think this because the article was based on research and using this research to state the argument of Marijuana Is a Gateway Drug. 7 State one argument made by the author. One argument stated in this article is “Marijuana has been hypothesized to be a gateway drug for other illicit drug use.” 8 Identify the premises and conclusion of the argument. The premise of the argument in the article is Marijuana has been hypothesized to be a gateway drug for other illicit drug use. The conclusion of the argument is Studies by (D.B.) Kndel and other investigators have identified a developmental sequence if drug involvement among youths. Specifically, the initial use of alcohol and/or cigarettes typically preceded the use of marijuana, which then is followed by the involvement of other illicit drugs. By studying a sample of marijuana, which in turn
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