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Assignment Details:

For this “essay assignment” you will be provided with an essay (at the end of this prompt) and you will be asked to

identify argument components and argument forms and to *partially *evaluate the overall argument by answering the a

series of questions. All answers to these questions are to be written on the accompanying *“Writing Assignment #3
Worksheet” *included as the last page of this prompt. There is no additional essay that you must write. The “essay”

is the worksheet and ONLY the worksheet! You should print out the worksheet and hand-write your answers (you may

type them in if you choose using Adobe). Please Note: You must be able to convert said document to a PDF and submit

using a PDF. All other document types will NOT BE accepted. Make sure you write neatly. If I cannot read it, I will not

grade it. This assignment is worth a total of 80 possible points.

Complete each of the sections on the worksheet below (AGAIN NOTE: NO additional essay must be written)

- 1) Section I: Identify the following in the article provided:
- (1) What is the article about – what is the general topic of the essay (here I do not mean the author’s

position but what the author will be addressing – not the author’s*specific*topic but the*general*topic) - (2) The Author’s Position on the topic (What is the author’s thesis – here you should state what the

author is going to argue about the topic) - (3) The Three arguments used to support the author’s position (using the included worksheet, present

each argument using the proper form – Categorical or Propositional/Sentential). Note: I am NOT

asking for the symbolic form here. Please format the arguments using words.

- (1) What is the article about – what is the general topic of the essay (here I do not mean the author’s
- 2) Section II:
*At least one*of the three arguments can be understood/treated as a Truth-Functional argument

(Propositional Logic). You must (1) identify which of the three arguments can be understood as a truth-

functional argument, (2) provide the symbolic notation, and you MUST (3) provide a truth table and*identify*if it is valid or invalid. (Again: Please be sure to answer each # in each section on the worksheet)

- 3) Section III: One of the arguments can also be
*re-stated*as a categorical syllogism. Note: Unlike the

propositional argument from Section II, this categorical argument will need to be reformatted. I have done

MOST of the reformatting, but you must complete it. In this section, you must (1) complete the categorical

syllogism by providing the minor premise in the correct format, (2) provide the symbolic form for the

categorical syllogism as well as the Mood and Figure, and (3) you must provide a Venn Diagram for the

argument that demonstrates whether it is a valid or invalid argument. You should also circle whether it is

valid or invalid for this last part.