Critical Listening & Thinking: Evaluating Others' Speeches


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You are evaluating an author who is touting her book as the best weight loss plan ever written. After doing some research, you find out that this book wasn't very well-researched, and she has been skinny all of her life. She was using _____ to make her claims.

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1. Observations _____, while Inference _____.

2. Why can listening be considered a critical thinking activity?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo will help you assess your ability to use critical listening and thinking when evaluating speeches. This quiz will ask questions about the elements of a speech, including speaking situation, claim, and argument.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test your knowledge of the following:

  • Types of argument used in making a claim or stating a case
  • Definition of speaking situation
  • Types of observation

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about claims and arguments in a different light
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as puffery and inference
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained on critical listening

Additional Learning

To learn more about evaluating speeches, review the corresponding lesson on Using Critical Listening & Thinking When Evaluating Speeches. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand listening as a critical thinking activity
  • Explore how to analyze a speaker's claims
  • Learn how to evaluate claims