Drawing Conclusions From an Argument


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Is this an example of deductive reasoning? Why?

You watch a person steal a watch. He then argues that he did not steal it. The watch is found on his person. It is concluded he stole the watch.

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What form of reasoning is this an example of? Why?

Claims of a man stealing a watch are made. No video caught the man stealing the watch. He was standing near where the watch was found and a description similar to him was given, but was not 100 percent certain. You conclude not enough evidence was provided to prove his guilt.


What would make this example deductive reasoning?

Claims of a person stealing a car from a car garage at the airport.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Easily measure your comprehension of the process of drawing conclusions from an argument with this quiz and worksheet. This brief multiple-choice quiz requires you to understand different types of reasoning as you look at various scenarios.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Here's what the quiz covers:

  • Deciding whether a scenario is an example of deductive reasoning
  • Choosing the right form of reasoning based on the example provided
  • Criteria for using deductive reasoning
  • Reasoning that does not satisfy the 'beyond a reasonable doubt' requirement

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about reaching argument conclusions
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about deductive reasoning and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about reasoning that does not satisfy 'beyond a reasonable doubt'

Additional Learning

Learn more about this topic with the lesson titled Drawing Conclusions From an Argument. Here's a quick look at topics in the lesson:

  • Overview of deductive, inductive, and abductive reasoning
  • How to determine the right reasoning approach
  • Reasoning that comes to a conclusion that is not based on logic