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Unformatted text preview: ch1 Student: ___________________________________________________________________________ 1. Determine whether the following passage is (or contains) an argument. Will a beverage begin to cool more quickly in the freezer or in the regular part of the refrigerator? Well, of course it'll cool faster in the freezer! There are lots of people who don't understand anything at all about physics and who think things may begin to cool faster in the fridge. But they're sadly mistaken. 2. Determine whether the following passage is (or contains) an argument. It's true that you can use your television set to tell when a tornado is approaching. The reason is that tornadoes make an electrical disturbance in the 55 megahertz range, which is close to the band assigned to channel 2. If you know how to do it, you can get your set to pick up the current given off by the twister. So your television set can be your warning device that tells you when to dive for the cellar. Adapted from Cecil Adams, The Straight Dope 3. Determine whether the following passage is (or contains) an argument. Some of these guys who do Elvis Presley imitations actually pay more for their outfits than Elvis paid for his! Anybody who would spend thousands just so he can spend a few minutes not fooling anybody into thinking he's Elvis is nuts. 4. Determine whether the following passage is (or contains) an argument. "The argument advanced at a recent government hearingthat because we will not be dependent on plutonium for more than a few hundred years it will not be an important problem indefinitely'entirely misses the point. Though we may rely on plutonium for only a relatively brief period, the plutonium produced during that period may be with us indefinitely, and it may jeopardize the lives of many times the number of generations that profit from its use." Ronald M. Green, "International Justice and Environmental Responsibility" 5. Determine whether the following passage is (or contains) an argument. "Gene splicing is the most awesome and powerful skill acquired by man since the splitting of the atom. If pursued humanistically, its potential to serve humanity is enormous. We will use it to synthesize expensive natural products interferon, substances such as insulin, and human endorphins that serve as natural painkillers. We will be able to create a second green revolution' in agriculture to produce new high-yield, disease-resistant, self- fertilizing crops. Gene splicing has the potential to synthesize new substances we can substitute for oil, coal, and other raw materialskeys to a self-sustaining society." John Naisbitt, Megatrends 6. Determine whether the following passage is (or contains) an argument....
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