Fall 2008

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The first exam will consist of questions (or types of questions) taken from those listed below. Nothing will appear on the test that is not mentioned here


1. Define the following terms:


argument-1, argument-2, argument fields, narrative, claim, ground, warrant, reservation, qualifier (modality), backing, ethics, narrative probability, narrative fidelity, proposition, syllogism, Aristotle, truth vs validity.


2. Describe each of the three types of claims (propositions): fact, value, policy. Explain key features involved in supporting/proving each type of claim/proposition.


3. If you are given an argument (or part of an argument), be able to identify/create claims, grounds, warrants. (Be specific for cl. and gr. but general for w. Do not go beyond the argument [words] you are given.)


4. If you are given a general topic, be able write a logical (not necessarily true), complete argument including claim, grounds, warrant, backing, reservation, and qualifier, each part labeled.


5.  Be able to define and give an example of each type of warrant (reasoning).


6. In any example you are given or when you have invented a warrant, be able to label the type of warrant/  reasoning it represents.


7. If you are given a type of warrant (reasoning) be able to construct and argument with claims, grounds and warrant which uses the appropriate type of warrant (reasoning).


8.  Discuss how values influence arguments and arguing.


9.  List and explain the requirements for a good debate proposition.


10. Describe Brockreide's metaphor concerning persuaders (rhetors).  Indicate how McGaan=s ethical principles for argumentation relate to that metaphor.


11. What are the goals of argumentation?

CATA Portfolio Requirement Guidance

This assignment is related to the following CATA Major Learning Outcome Goals:

II. Knowledge.  A. General Communication Knowledge, and


II. Knowledge.  B. Communication and Media Concentration Knowledge


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  • an electronic copy (scanned) of your graded exam.

last updated 9/9/2008