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Persuasion

Subject : soft-skills
Instructions:
  • Answer 50 questions in 15 minutes.
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  • Match each statement with the correct term.
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This is a study tool. The 3 wrong answers for each question are randomly chosen from answers to other questions. So, you might find at times the answers obvious, but you will see it re-enforces your understanding as you take the test each time.
1. A fact that may be used to infer another fact






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






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






4. 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.






5. A logical appeal or an appeal to reason (facts - statistics - and expert testimony)






6. A statement that cannot be proved true. It is something that someone/author thinks - believes - feels. Some clue words associated with opinions are; think. appears - feel - believes. seems.






7. Telling only positive things about something or someone - without giving evidence or facts






8. Advertisers intentionally do not finish a comparison - Our Candy is Sweetest - The safer car for your family






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






10. 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






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






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






13. Inducement to act by argument or reasoning or entreaty






14. Takes as evidence what it claims to prove






15. 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






16. 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






17. The dictionary definition of a word






18. Advertisers make it seem that the product is so new that you will be the first on the block to have it - The motor car is the magic carpet of modern times - Something new for the boys






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






20. 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






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






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






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






24. 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






25. 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.






26. Statements claiming that some proposition is untrue or incorrect






27. What is the best or most accurate definition?






28. The generally held opinion held prior to the debate






29. The side that will oppose the proposition






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






31. When you assume that the audience will automatically supply and accept an unspoken premise; construct an argument that does not explicitly state all the premises because you know the audience members will fill in those premises on their own.






32. Claims attack the person and not the issue






33. Assumes a statement's conclusion is true without any sufficient evidence






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






35. An argument based on two premises and a conclusion that is logically true - E.g. vegetarian do not eat meat - I am a vegetarian - Therefore - I do not eat meat






36. 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






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






38. An ethical appeal that establishes the speaker's or writer's credibility and trustworthiness






39. A suggestion that is offered for consideration or acceptance






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






41. 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!!!






42. We call agree on the proper definitions of freedom and democracy - we can all agree that freedom and democracy are inherently good and are worth fighting a war - we agree that American freedom and American democracy are applicable to a non-American c






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






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






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






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






47. Ordinary people sell a message. You are to believe that because these people are like you - they can be trusted.






48. 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.






49. The study of persuasion and its ways and means - the science of discourse - well-crafted communication that helps your achieve your persona - social - and/or political goals






50. 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