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Chapter 2 Critical Thinking Assignment

The Popcorn Syndrome is named for the

temptation to respond to a work of art on the basis of mere emotions. Doing so risks stunting our mental and human development. Although many popular works don't appear to deserve serious critical reflection, many of those works that appear to be mere fluff surprise us when we subject them to critical reflection.  Critical responses build mental and intellectual strength. The six steps in critical analysis are:

a. Define what you want to determine.

b. Put aside emotional responses.

c. Collect and analyze all pertinent factors.

d. Evaluate the work or topic in its proper context, without dismissing it because of its foreignness to you.

e. Be willing to understand characters who are different from yourself.

f. Arrive at an informed opinion with evidence to support it.

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