5.7 Academic Arguments: End-of-Chapter Exercises

[1]End-of-Chapter Exercises

  1. Plato wrote an analogy that discusses the core concept that was discussed in 5.1 “Argument: How to Be Wrong.” Read “The Allegory of the Cave” which is Book VII of Plato’s The Republic and discuss with a peer what Plato was trying to examine/explain in this analogy and what some of the warnings he gave were.
  2. Find an example of a piece of writing that appears to want to be persuasive, but doesn’t get the job done. Write a brief review and share it with classmates.[2]
  3. Enter a topic into a general subscription database that has both scholarly and non-scholarly sources; browse the first few hits and classify each one as scholarly or not-scholarly. Look at the structure of the piece to make your determination.


  1. 5.7 (except where otherwise noted) was borrowed with minor edits and additions from Writing in College by Amy Guptill which is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License
  2. borrowed from Critical Thinking by Andrew Gurevich is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License


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