Words Matter - Chapter 24
Exercise 2

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Directions: Each of the sentences below contains a blank to be filled in with some form of a word from Chapter 24. Below each sentence, there are three choices for filling in the blank. Click the choice you think is the correct one and read the sentence with the blank filled in. If you are not satisfied, select another choice; you may do this as often as you wish.

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Analyzing Arguments


Chris had a point, but people dismissed him because his explanations were just too .


I think he's too confused himself to be able to come up with a explanation.


I don't buy your argument because I disagree with your .


Sean failed to convince me because he could only give some reasons.


A candidate's looks are to his or her potential as a leader.


In our critical thinking class, we get a bonus point for every we detect in a speech made by a public official.


In the debate, Harry was able to his opponent's claims point by point.


Please keep your statement brief and leave everything out that's not to our discussion.


Terry surprised us all with her that starvation diets can improve our health and let us live longer.


Since there are arguments both for and against the new power plant, the governor created a committee to study the issue further.

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