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Writing Arguments Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. When writing, what should you consider to be most important so that your essay is free from distractions?

Question 2 2.

Theresa is a professor at a local university. Her student, Kevin, has content from the Journal of Sociology. The following is an example of how most of his essay appears to be written:

''The research clearly points out that 'While the level of crime has mostly gone down throughout the country, the level of violent crime in major cities has gone up. This trend is highly worrisome as the concept of the 'Criminal Triangle' identified by situation theory identifies that the largest problem is the presence of an able protector'''

Why would Theresa likely award him a low grade?

Question 3 3. Why is synthesis used in writing?

Question 4 4.

Pick out the thesis in the paragraph that follows:

Van Gogh, Edgar Allen Poe, and Oscar Wilde were all great artists who died penniless. They are far from the only ones. In fact, to compile a list of all of the artists now considered classics who never made much money from their work would take ages. Given this, we should perhaps assume that the path to making great art requires you to be penniless. But this is a human flaw of romanticism triumphing over reasoning. Success in art requires the same as success in life - good business sense and luck. It's mere coincidence that many artists rarely have either.

Question 5 5. If you can't come up with an original idea while writing an essay _____

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Question 6 6.

What form of appeal is being used in the following statement?

I can still remember the first time I rode my bike without training wheels. As the wind brushed past my hair it felt as if I was flying rather than riding on two wheels.

Question 7 7. If a person begins an essay by pointing out they are a researcher who has been studying this particular field for the past 18 years, what form of appeal is he or she making?

Question 8 8. When incorporating source material in your essay, you should _____

Question 9 9. How is tone conveyed in a piece of writing?

Question 10 10. Deductive reasoning involves _____

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Question 11 11. Which part of an argument gives proof that your main point is correct?

Question 12 12. Which of the following sentences is an example of first person point of view?

Question 13 13. Why is the thesis statement such an important element of any essay?

Question 14 14. Which of the following is not an appeal choice discussed in the video?

Question 15 15. While some may describe it as antiquated, why is the 5-paragraph essay still so widely used by writers?

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Question 16 16. What would be considered appropriate evidence in support of an argument?

Question 17 17. When thinking of a way to ensure the body paragraphs of your essay flow together, _____.

Question 18 18. Why is the 'bridge' used?

Question 19 19.

Consider the following paragraph:

I always vote for the National Party candidate in gubernatorial elections. This year, Sally Smith is the National Party candidate for governor, so I will vote for Sally Smith for governor this year.

Which type of reasoning is displayed in this paragraph?

Question 20 20. If you choose not to effectively refute potential opposing views, what is a possible outcome of your writing?

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Question 21 21. What does Logos mean in Greek?

Question 22 22.

The following quote from a teenage girl, about her experience with cyberbullying, was reported by professors Sameer Hinduja and Justin W. Patchin.

'It makes me hurt both physically and mentally. It scares me and takes away all my confidence. It makes me feel sick and worthless' (Hinduja, 2010)

Why is the quote an effective attention getter?

Question 23 23. How can writers prepare readers for new ideas?

Question 24 24.

Identify the thesis in the paragraph that follows:

There are many who believe that healthcare is a basic human right. I strongly disagree. Life, food, shelter, and the right to pursue happiness (whatever that means) may be human rights, but little else. But when we talk about whether this country should have universal healthcare for its citizens, we are not discussing basic human rights. No, access to universal healthcare is instead the moral obligation of any society that dares to call itself 'civilized.'

Question 25 25.

Robert is writing an essay and in the last sentence of his introductory paragraph, he presented this as his thesis:

'My paper is about dating and social media.'

Why is this thesis NOT appropriate?

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Question 26 26. Unity of content and form means _____

Question 27 27.

Select the best revision of the following thesis:

'Setting the legal drinking age at 21 seems unfair because you can serve in the military at 18.'

Question 28 28. Which of the following is NOT an example of a reliable source for an academic essay?

Question 29 29.

Read the following short paragraphs and identify what may be missing:

'Flowers are very well-liked in most parts of the world. There are many types of flowers.'

'Roses are one of the most recognized types of flowers. Roses come in a variety of colors. Roses are often bred to make even more unique colors.'

'Daisies are well-liked flowers. Daisies grow in various types of soil, so daisies are found in a lot of different regions.'

Question 30 30. Words and phrases that help carry a thought from one idea to the next are referred to as _____.

Writing Arguments Chapter Exam Instructions

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