Find a persuasive article and respond to the following twelve questions in complete
sentences and paragraphs.
Attached is a good example of a persuasive essay.
Do not use
the attached article for this assignment.
What is the title of the article? Where did the article appear? What do you know about the
publication/website? Who is the audience for the article?
Who wrote the article? Why is this person qualified to talk about the issue? Does his or
her viewpoint have any impact on the validity of his or her argument?
What is the issue of controversy? State the question being debated in neutral terms.
What is the author’s conclusion? Where does the conclusion appear in this article? List
any inference indicator words the author uses.
What reasons are given to support the conclusion? Does the author use deductive or
inductive reasoning? List any inference indicator words the author uses.
Are the reasons adequate to support the conclusion? Why or why not?
Does the article contain any hidden assumptions?
List all slanted words used in the article.
Is any important information omitted?
10. List any discrepancies, incongruities, inconsistencies, or contradictions.
11. Is there any irreconcilable information contained in the article?
12. In a six-to eight- sentence
paragraph, explain why or why not this article presents a
sound argument. Give at least three reasons for your assessment.