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Writing Argumentative Research Essays Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. Which of the following is FALSE regarding argumentative essays?

Question 2 2. Classical arguments are most effective for _____.

Question 3 3. Jane has written an essay about how best to influence the local community. Her teacher uses a classmate peer-review system, so her classmates left her feedback. Most of the comments were focused on making sure that Jane understands who her potential readers are. What should she focus on?

Question 4 4. Ryan is addressing an audience that will likely be very hostile towards the point of view he is expressing. What kind of argument is BEST suited for such a situation?

Question 5 5. Which of the following is an example of a receptive audience?

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Question 6 6. Samantha supports taking measures to make sure that climate change doesn't harm the environment. She is trying to reach out to an audience of coal miners that will likely be very hostile towards her arguments. What would be a good sentence to include?

Question 7 7. Which of the following restates the main idea of the essay?

Question 8 8. Tina is writing a persuasive essay on the importance of democracy and free speech. Her final sentence is a strong call to action, which emphasizes that freedom of speech is a key element of our modern society and if we do not stand up to protect it, all of our other rights are in jeopardy. Which of the following BEST describes such a statement?

Question 9 9. Maxine has stated the following: I believe we should ban the death penalty in the U.S. The death penalty is a punishment which goes against western norms and, taking into account the cost of appeal and carrying out the sentence, costs more than life in prison in 60% of cases. What do these statements contain?

Question 10 10. Jim and Meredith are having an argument on where it's best to live. Meredith said that the suburbs are preferable because of the low crime-rate, but Jim immediately asked her if it was better to live in the center of the city. Why is Jim questioning her argument?

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Question 11 11. James is writing an argumentative essay for English 104. His claim is that excessive sugar can lead to serious heart conditions. Which of the following would be a reason for that claim?

Question 12 12. Claims, reasons and evidence are key elements of _____.

Question 13 13. Thomas had to write an argumentative essay on the topic of the electoral college in the U.S. He submitted a well-organized essay, yet his teacher said that he needs to provide more materials to explain how his main points are proved. He advised using numerous credible sources. What does Thomas need to include in his essay?

Question 14 14. What is the main purpose of reasons in your argument?

Question 15 15. Katherine's main claim is that globalization is helping the working class in the U.S. What would be the counterclaim?

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Question 16 16. Tamara is preparing to write an argumentative essay which might anger quite a few people. She thinks that the audience probably won't be very receptive. She knows that she should start with an introduction, but what should be the second part of her argument?

Question 17 17. Writing for a resistant reader is similar to a debate in that:

Question 18 18. A classical argument is appropriate for a receptive audience because:

Question 19 19. A justification for a position is called:

Question 20 20. Facts or information that provide support are called:

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Question 21 21. What is the purpose of the conclusion sentence in a persuasive essay?

Question 22 22. Why is a consequence statement crucial in the conclusion section of a persuasive essay?

Question 23 23. Which part of an argument explains why?

Question 24 24. Why do you need to know what a counterclaim might be?

Question 25 25. What side of the argument should the argumentative essay focus on?

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Question 26 26. Ralph has just finished writing his argumentative essay. Which of the following should Ralph do next with his essay?

Question 27 27. The person who will read the piece is called the:

Question 28 28. What word is a good one to use to ensure you are giving reasons and not just stating your position?

Question 29 29. What is the purpose of a persuasive essay?

Question 30 30. Which part of an argument gives proof that your main point is correct?

Writing Argumentative Research Essays Chapter Exam Instructions

Choose your answers to the questions and click 'Next' to see the next set of questions. You can skip questions if you would like and come back to them later with the yellow "Go To First Skipped Question" button. When you have completed the practice exam, a green submit button will appear. Click it to see your results. Good luck!

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