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Arguments and Non-arguments

In each case, does the passage present an argument? Or does it not contain an argument?

1 / 10

Some students do not attend class regularly. For instance, Elizabeth and Marty went together to school on Tuesday, but decided to return home to play Grand Theft Auto all day. Such behavior is indicative of poor study habits.

2 / 10

Elizabeth and Marty went together to school every day this week and studied the material covered in class. Students who attend class regularly and study regularly usually do well in class. Thus Elizabeth and Marty probably did well in class this week.

3 / 10

Elizabeth and Marty, you two are crazy! You should not have gone to the movies Tuesday, especially when you had a test in your biology class. You should go to school each day classes are in session.

4 / 10

Elizabeth and Marty left their house to go to school on Tuesday, but on the way decided to spend the day at the movie theater instead. Their biology teacher was giving a test that day, and the two students were not there to take it. That is why they received a poor grade for their coursework that week.

5 / 10

Elizabeth and Marty went together to school on Tuesday, got in a minor automobile accident, and were late for their biology class. Their teacher was giving a test that day, and the two students were not there to take it.

6 / 10

Sunzi wrote The Art of War, and The Art of War was written by a Chinese philosopher. Sunzi must then be a Chinese philosopher

7 / 10

Fatima likes pizza. Julio likes football. Takashi likes reading The Tale of Genji.

8 / 10

Rene Descartes was unable to see the relations between things, focused on breaking “problems” into smaller parts, and missed viewing systems holistically. Thus he has been deemed a “mechanistic” philosopher.

9 / 10

Both Mahatmas Gandhi and Sri Aurobindo were philosophically minded, both were male, both were from India, and both wrote commentaries on the Bhagavad Gita. Gandhi fought against British occupation of India. Thus Aurobindo did, too.

10 / 10

Maria studies every night for her chemistry class, and works very precisely in her chemistry lab work. She also attends class each day and takes complete notes. We can conclude that Maria will likely do well in her chemistry class.

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