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Test Your Thesis Knowledge - Quiz

Please take this 10 question examination. It will reveal if you know the basic content of chapters 3-5 in the Thesis Manual.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Emotional appeals should never be the primary means of your argument.

    • A.

      No habla anglais

    • B.

      False

    • C.

      True

    Correct Answer
    C. True
    Explanation
    True.  They should support and enrich the facts and logic, but should not be the fundamental basis of the argument.

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  • 2. 

    Most thesis claims will have the following number of supporting reasons:

    • A.

      1

    • B.

      2-4

    • C.

      5+

    Correct Answer
    B. 2-4
    Explanation
    While 3 is often a great number within which to arrange and group supporting reasons, 2-4 is the most common and appropriate amount.

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  • 3. 

    Choose the correct completion to this sentence:  Opinion evidence and empirical evidence________________________.

    • A.

      Can both be weak, or weakly used

    • B.

      Must be carefully evaluated by the researcher / thesis writer

    • C.

      Should be balanced within the paper

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    This is a research paper, so giving your opinion comes only after sharing a wide body of well-backed and cited research.  Using others' opinions and empirical evidence should receive likewise filtering for authority and applicability.

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  • 4. 

    A common logical fallacy is the Straw Man.  This is: 

    • A.

      Dressing as a scare crow and scaring people

    • B.

      Misrepresenting an argument or choosing its weakest points to refute

    • C.

      Assuming because the source is often faulty that the information is too

    Correct Answer
    B. Misrepresenting an argument or choosing its weakest points to refute
    Explanation
    Straw men are easy to knock over -- they're made of straw!  Choose strong , knight-like arguments to stand up against, and defeat them with strong reasoning!  Now that's impressive.  

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  • 5. 

    Which of the following is the correct order for the Thesis?

    • A.

      Exordium, Narratio, Partitio, Confirmatio / Refutatio, Peroratio

    • B.

      Exordium, Partitio, Narratio, Confirmatio / Refutatio, Peroratio

    • C.

      Confirmatio / Refutatio, Exordium, Peroratio, Partitio, Narratio

    Correct Answer
    A. Exordium, Narratio, Partitio, Confirmatio / Refutatio, Peroratio
    Explanation
    The 6 parts of the Thesis will guide you in keeping a Research Map.

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