Evidence Study Aid


Part 1

Identify the source of the evidence the speaker is using to support his/her claim:

  1. Unfortunately, incompetence and poor planning has yet again taught Maryland students how the SGA is "working for us." The STAR Center's budget entailed about $10,000 for ink, paper and a staff that monitors the center the 25 hours per week it is open. The exam house exceeded this budget, running costs up to $13,000, which resulted in the mighty hand of the SGA authoritatively ruling, "You're fired."
    -- Cyrus Aghamolla, Diamondback, March 27, 2006

  2. Primary Secondary Enthymatic Direct

  3. Perhaps most damning to the U.S. image (besides the brutal torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib) is the recent report issued by Amnesty International. The report found the United States and its allies are holding 14,000 Iraqis in prisons, the majority without any charges or trials.
    -- Shane Dillingham & Rayyan Ghuma, Diamondback, March 27, 2006

  4. Primary Secondary Enthymatic Direct

  5. Connect to the following cartoon

  6. Primary Secondary Enthymatic Direct

  7. Perhaps more worrisome than what's not there, is that what is given is wrong or misleading. The sandwiches under the California Deli are hard to decipher. Let's look at the Los Angeles again — roast beef, lettuce, tomatoes and horseradish cream cheese on a tortilla. The sandwich claims to have 38 grams of carbohydrates. Okay, that's fine. But now, let's look at the information for that tortilla. It claims to have 44 grams of carbohydrates! Somehow, when you put food on the tortilla, it magically disposes of those nasty carbs. Now, you could imagine that maybe the sandwich is counted not including the bread. But, at the bottom of the page there's a note that says: “Nutritional information for sandwiches may vary depending on the type of bread used. The BLT, Cheese and PB&J sandwich information shown below assumes white bread is used. Other sandwiches listed are made from recipes calling for a specific bread type.” I don't know what went on here, but it's confusing as hell and wrong.
    -- Eric Josef Cahoon, Diamondback, March 27, 2006

  8. Primary Secondary Enthymatic Direct

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Part 2

For each of the following arguments

  1. Identify the claim
  2. Identify the source of the evidence
  3. Apply the general tests of arguments
  4. Identify the type of evidence offered
  5. Apply the relevant test

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