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Critical Thinking Study Guide

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If you've fallen behind studying critical thinking topics, use this study guide course to get back on track and get a better grade in class. Watch our short video lessons to review these topics, and then test your knowledge using the multiple-choice lesson quizzes.
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6 chapters in Critical Thinking Study Guide

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Ch 1. Critical Thinking and Logical Reasoning {{cp.topicAssetIdToProgress[39775].percentComplete}}% complete
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Lesson 1 - What is Critical Thinking? - Definition, Skills & Meaning Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[5750].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[5750].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 2 - Common Barriers to Critical Thinking Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[39776].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[39776].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 3 - What is Logic? - Definition & Examples Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[3704].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[3704].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 4 - What Is Inductive Reasoning? - Examples & Definition Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[5839].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[5839].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 5 - The Differences Between Inductive and Deductive Reasoning Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[19001].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[19001].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 6 - Common Patterns of Deductive Reasoning Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[39777].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[39777].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 7 - Common Patterns of Inductive Reasoning Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[39778].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[39778].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 8 - Deductive Reasoning: Examples & Definition Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[5857].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[5857].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 9 - Inductive Validity: Definition & Examples Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[3706].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[3706].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 10 - Deductive Validity: Definition & Examples Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[3707].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[3707].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 11 - Propositions, Truth Values and Truth Tables Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[2373].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[2373].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 12 - The Scientific Method: Steps, Terms & Examples Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[3604].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[3604].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 1 - Parts of An Argument: Claims, Counterclaims, Reasons, and Evidence Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[14636].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[14636].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 2 - How to Write a Great Argument Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1328].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1328].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 3 - How to Develop Strong Claims & Counterclaims in Writing Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[39469].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[39469].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 4 - Logos, Ethos and Pathos: 3 Ways to Appeal to an Audience in Essays Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1331].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1331].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 5 - How to Identify and Use Premise and Conclusion Indicator Words Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[39781].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[39781].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 6 - How to Identify Nonargumentative Uses of Language Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[39782].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[39782].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 7 - The Importance of the Principle of Charity in Rhetoric Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[39783].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[39783].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 8 - Applying the Principle of Rational Acceptance Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[39784].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[39784].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 9 - Guidelines for Evaluating Arguments Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[39785].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[39785].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 10 - How to Evaluate Reasoning Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1332].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1332].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 11 - Audience Opposition: Anticipating and Refuting Opposing Views in Your Essays Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[2694].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[2694].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 1 - Literal Language: Definition & Examples Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[20657].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[20657].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 2 - The Role of Language in Thought & Persuasion Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[39787].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[39787].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 3 - The Importance of Using Precise Language in Writing Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[15901].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[15901].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 4 - What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[4673].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[4673].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 5 - Emotive Language: Definition, Effects & Examples Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[22325].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[22325].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 6 - What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[4676].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[4676].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 7 - Understanding Words By Their Relationships Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[22073].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[22073].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 8 - Euphemism: Definition & Examples Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[4117].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[4117].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 9 - What Is Semantics? - Definition & Examples Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[4860].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[4860].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 10 - Syntax in Writing: Definition & Examples Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[4862].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[4862].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 11 - Categorical Statements: Definition, Standard Form & Translation Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[39789].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[39789].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 1 - What are Logical Fallacies? - Define, Identify and Avoid Them Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[2693].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[2693].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 2 - Logical Fallacies: Hasty Generalization, Circular Reasoning, False Cause & Limited Choice Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[2422].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[2422].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 3 - Logical Fallacies: Appeals to Ignorance, Emotion or Popularity Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[2423].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[2423].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 4 - Appeal to Force Fallacy: Definition & Examples Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[39791].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[39791].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 5 - Appeal to Pity Fallacy: Definition & Examples Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[39792].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[39792].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 6 - Cliches, Paradoxes & Equivocations: Definitions & Examples Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[4106].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[4106].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 7 - Ad Hominem Fallacy: Definition & Examples Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[21342].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[21342].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 8 - Red Herring: Definition & Examples Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[22329].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[22329].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 9 - Loaded Question: Definition & Examples Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[21469].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[21469].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 10 - Attacking the Motive: Fallacy Explanation & Examples Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[39793].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[39793].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 11 - Look Who's Talking (Tu Quoque) Fallacy: Definition & Examples Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[39794].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[39794].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 12 - Two Wrongs Make a Right Fallacy: Definition & Examples Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[39795].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[39795].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 13 - The Straw Man Fallacy: Definition & Examples Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[39796].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[39796].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 14 - Begging the Question Fallacy: Definition & Examples Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[36830].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[36830].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 15 - Post Hoc, Mere Correlation & Oversimplified Cause Fallacies Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[39797].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[39797].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 16 - Slippery Slope Fallacy: Definition & Examples Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[36836].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[36836].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 17 - The Weak Analogy Fallacy: Definition & Examples Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[39798].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[39798].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 18 - The Inconsistency Fallacy: Definition & Examples Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[39799].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[39799].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional

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