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1. To reduce complex matters to an either/or logic

2. A discussion adhering to parliamentary rules of proposition between two opposing sides

3. Advertisers ask rhetorical questions or make statments so that consumers associate certain ideas and emotions with their products - on't you want the best protection you can get with your deoderant? - Wouldn't you love a Sunway Airlines Vacation?

4. When you read a nonfiction passage - you must decide what information is important and what is not. What you must remember is the essential information. Essential information is necessary to understand a passage. This includes the main idea and the s

5. The generally held opinion held prior to the debate

6. Tries to persuade the reader to do - think - or buy something because it is popular or everyone is doing it - The famous McDonald's billboards displaying how many hamburgers the restaurants have sold. Mocked by Jerry Seinfeld: 'How insecure is this c

7. The information that is not necessary to understand the passage is called nonessential information. This may include opinions or details that do not add to the main idea of the passage.

8. Claims attack the person and not the issue

9. This technique wants you to associate the good feelings created in the ad with the product - Because you deserve it - We want you to have the best.

10. Propaganda is a systematic way of spreading beliefs through a combination of facts - opinions disguised as facts - and repetition. Sometimes there is also some stretching of the truth. When you read - decide whether the author is trying to persuade y

11. Improve our ability to argue for our views and perspectives - Improve our ability to provide counter-arguments to other people's arguments - Improve our ability to assess the legitimacy of arguments in general.

12. An argument whose conclusion does not follow from its premise

13. What is the best or most accurate definition?

14. What is the best or most accurate interpretation?

15. An expressed opinion - statement - or point of view

16. To misrepresent your opponents argument; to seemingly refute your opponent's argument when in fact you have not accurately described his/her position

17. Deliberate spreading information - ideas - or rumors to help or harm a person - group - movement - institution or nation

18. Persuading by making people feel as though they are one of the elite if they are using a particular product or thinking a certain way

19. The ability to make a 'rational' link between your claim and evidence - which helps the audience consent to your argument

20. The dictionary definition of a word

21. Appeal to an unqualified expert

22. Assumes because one thing is allowed - worse things will occur after

23. Words or images that appeal to the audience's emotions are used. The appeal may be to positive emotions - such as desire for success - or to negative ones - such as fear.

24. Evidence supporting the team's position or used to denigrate or defeat the opposing view

25. Questioning or proving the existence or actuality of some event - action - thing - person

26. What course of action should we take as a government - nation - country - or culture?

27. Facts - figures - numbers - graphs - charts - polls - surveys

28. Advertisers sometimes use words or phrases that seem significant - but on closer inspection they are actually meaningless - e.g. 'Leaves dishes virtually spotless.' We have seen so many ad claims that we have learned to tune out weasels. You are sup

29. A suggestion that is offered for consideration or acceptance

30. Does not acknowledge the possibility of a neutral position

31. Narrative (story) - anecdotal (brieft tale or story that lends itself to but does not prove a conclusion) - participation - demonstation - performance - testimonial (eyewitness - expert - authority - celebrity)

32. control the frame: how we see and understand the argument - good use of language: be aware of the language - be aware of the question and answer: try to be on offense instead of defense - think about your presentation style

33. The process of selecting - organizing - and interpreting our experiences

34. A fact that may be used to infer another fact

35. The affirmative or positive side is proposing a (new) position or resolution. Therefore it falls to this side to show evidence for that position

36. A concept whose truth can be proved/ a statement that can proved true - E.g. See if You can Reduce Your Debt Payments up to 50% or more with a Free Financial Evaluation!- FREE SHIPPING & 3 FREE Gifts with your order of $55 or more!!!

37. The feelings or emotions that are evoked from a word

38. To treat one cause among many as if it is the single cause

39. An author may write with bias - an unfair fondness or dislike for something. For example - suppose an author believes that the government should be tougher on teen crime. If the author wrote an article about teenage crime - his/her bias would most li

40. Is it moral - right - wrong - ethical - pretty - ugly?

41. Advertisers use celebrities and regular people to endorse products - If it's good enough for astronauts its good enough for you - The official candy bar of the Olympic Games

42. Sequential relationship is misinterpreted as causal (this caused that)

43. The side that will argue the proposition

44. The business technique that uses narration and storytelling to evoke a particular experience of a product - person - company. Also used to promote particular lifestyles. By consuming this bran - you participate within this lifestyle - e.g. Starbucks-

45. Facts - conditions - statements - beliefs or views that others can observe and potentially agree with

46. The side that will oppose the proposition

47. Assumes that the premise is not ideal - but a wiser choice than the opponent's

48. Dissimilarities between two things are so much greater than their similarities - that their connection is unjustified

49. An emotional appeal that stirs the feelings of the audience/reader/listener

50. Statements claiming that some proposition is untrue or incorrect