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Persuasion

Subject : soft-skills
Instructions:
  • Answer 50 questions in 15 minutes.
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1. Inducement to act by argument or reasoning or entreaty






2. The dictionary definition of a word






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






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






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






6. What's my message? - Who's my audience? - How should I adapt my message to my specific audience? - What's my rhetorical strategy? - What's my goal?






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






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






9. Claims attack the person and not the issue






10. Statements claiming that some proposition is untrue or incorrect






11. 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.






12. A suggestion that is offered for consideration or acceptance






13. 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-






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






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






16. 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.






17. Advertisers try to make their products stand out by focusing on a single element that is found only in their product - hoping that consumers will think this means their product is better - he only breathmint that has retsyn - There's nothing else lik






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






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






20. Takes as evidence what it claims to prove






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






22. 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!!!






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






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






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






26. 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






27. 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






28. Appeal to an unqualified expert






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






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






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. The side that will oppose the proposition






33. 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.






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






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






36. 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






37. A false argument; an argument that appears to be logical - but in fact is not logical






38. 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.






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






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






41. What is the best or most accurate definition?






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






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






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






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






46. 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






47. 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






48. 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






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






50. 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.