2.2 Quiz Critical Thinking by Example


1. "When I was a kid there were only three tv channels. People now watch way too much tv--there are literally hundreds of channels available on cable." The main conclusion of this argument is

a) When I was a kid there were only three tv channels.
b) People now watch way too much tv.
c) There are literally hundreds of channels available on cable.
2. "When I was a kid there were only three tv channels. People now watch way too much tv--there are literally hundreds of channels available on cable." The best evaluation of this argument is

a) It commits the fallacy of irrelevant reason.
b) It is a good argument.
c) It commits the fallacy of hasty conclusion.
d) It commits the fallacy of problematic premise.
3. "My dad said to quit smoking. Have you ever heard of anything so absurd? That hypocrite smokes two packs a day." The main conclusion of this argument is

a) My father is a hypocrite.
b) My father smokes two packs of cigarettes.
c) My dad said to quit smoking.
d) My dad is wrong to say that I should quit smoking.
4. "My dad said to quit smoking. Have you ever heard of anything so absurd? That hypocrite smokes two packs a day." The claim "That hypocrite smokes two packs a day" is best described as

a) The main conclusion.
b) A main premise.
c) A subconclusion.
5. "My dad said to quit smoking. Have you ever heard of anything so absurd? That hypocrite smokes two packs a day." The best evaluation of the argument is

a) it is a good argument.
b) It commits the fallacy of irrelevant reason.
c) It commits the fallacy of hasty conclusion.
d) It commits the fallacy of problematic premise.
6. "There will be war in the coming decade. There has been no time in the last few centuries when there has been no war for a decade somewhere on the globe. This is probably true of a much longer period, but our knowledge of historical events gets spottier as we move further back in time." The main conclusion is

a) There will be a war in the coming decade.
b) There has been no time in the last few centuries when there has been no war for a decade somewhere on the globe.
c) This is probably true of a much longer period.
d) Our knowledge of historical events gets spottier as we move further back in time.
7. "There will be war in the coming decade. There has been no time in the last few centuries when there has been no war for a decade somewhere on the globe. This is probably true of a much longer period, but our knowledge of historical events gets spottier as we move further back in time." The best evaluation of this argument is

a) It is a good argument.
b) It commits the fallacy of hastry conclusion.
c) It commits the fallacy of irrelevant reason.
d) It commits the fallacy of problematic premise.
8. "Since HIV is only a few decades old, there will never be a cure for AIDS. Think how long the common cold has been around and we still don't have a cure for it." The main conclusion is

a) HIV is a few decades old.
b) There willl never be a cure for AIDS.
c) We don't have a cure for the common cold.
d) The common cold has been around a long time.
9. "Since HIV is only a few decades old, there will never be a cure for AIDS. Think how long the common cold has been around and we still don't have a cure for it." The best evaluation of this argument is

a) It is a good argument.
b) It commits the fallacy of irrelevant reason.
c) It commits the fallacy of hasty conclusion.
d) It commits the fallacy of problematic premsie.
10. "Since HIV is only a few decades old, there will never be a cure for AIDS. Think how long the common cold has been around and we still don't have a cure for it." This argument contains linked premises

a) True
b) False
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