Which of the following statements concerning the nature of critical thinking is most accurate?
|A)||Critical thinking is about helping others and ourselves.|
|B)||Critical thinking is about helping others.|
|C)||Critical thinking is about attacking others.|
|D)||Critical thinking is about self debasement.|
Which of the following most accurately completes this sentence? "A claim is a statement that is..."
|C)||either true or false, but not both.|
|D)||true and false, depending on the context.|
Which of the following sentences is not a claim?
|A)||Life exists on planets other than Earth.|
|B)||Dare to stay off drugs!|
|C)||Something's force equals its mass multiplied by its acceleration.|
|D)||Joe owns a pet dog.|
Which of the following best completes this sentence? "When a sentence has a truth value, we mean that it..."
|A)||is either true or false, even if we cannot necessarily determine which it is.|
|D)||is neither true nor false.|
Which of the following is a good way to state an issue in neutral terms?
|A)||Turn the claim that one party accepts and the other party rejects into a question.|
|B)||Place the word "if" in front of the claim that one party accepts and the other party rejects.|
|C)||Place the words "it is possible that" in front of the claim that one party accepts and the other party rejects.|
|D)||Place the word "whether" in front of the claim that one party accepts and the other party rejects.|
Generally speaking, which of these statements best represents the relationship between issues and topics of conversation?
|A)||A topic of conversation often has several issues at stake.|
|B)||An issue often has several topics of conversation at stake.|
|C)||A topic never contains issues.|
|D)||An issue just is a topic.|
Which of the following offers the best identification of "abortion"?
|A)||It is a topic of conversation.|
|B)||It is a claim.|
|C)||It is an issue.|
|D)||It is an argument|
An argument comprises which of the following?
|A)||At least a premise.|
|B)||At least a conclusion.|
|C)||At least two premises and a conclusion.|
|D)||At least one premise and one conclusion.|
It is fair to say that the word "claim" and the word "sentence" have exactly the same meaning.
It is fair to say that critical thinking is mainly concerned with the determination of whether to accept, reject, or suspend judgment about claims.
In order to have an "issue" there must be a dispute between at least two parties.
It is fair to say that an issue and a topic of conversation are the same thing.
Critical thinking is concerned with both facts and opinions.
It is fair to say that any controversial matter is subjective.
It is fair to conclude that beliefs, opinions, views, and convictions are essentially the same things.