The Power of Critical Thinking, Third Canadian Edition: Chapter 1

Instructions: For each question, click on the radio button beside your answer. When you have completed the entire quiz, click the “Submit my answers” button at the bottom of the page to receive your results.

Question 1:


a) True
b) False

Question 2:


a) True
b) False

Question 3:


a) True
b) False

Question 4:


a) True
b) False

Question 5:


a) True
b) False

Question 6:


a) True
b) False

Question 7:


a) True
b) False

Question 8:


a) True
b) False

Question 9:


a) True
b) False

Question 10:


a) True
b) False

Question 11:


a) True
b) False

Question 12:


a) an argument
b) the conclusion
c) the premises
d) the complement

Question 13:


a) worthy of strong acceptance
b) to be believed with certainty
c) never false
d) beyond all possible doubt

Question 14:


a) either true or false
b) to be believed with certainty
c) never false
d) beyond all possible doubt

Question 15:


a) a question or exclamation
b) an affirmation of prior beliefs
c) an assertion that something is or is not the case
d) an assertion that is neither true nor false

Question 16:


a) our prejudices
b) our emotions
c) peer pressure
d) our unconscious desires

Question 17:


a) a fault-finding attitude
b) attempts to win an argument
c) using careful judgment or judicious evaluation
d) a lack of respect for other people

Question 18:


a) we have good reasons to accept it
b) it is consistent with our needs
c) it has not been proven wrong
d) it is accepted by our peers

Question 19:


a) determining the cause of our beliefs
b) pinpointing the psychological basis of our beliefs
c) determining the quality of our beliefs
d) assessing the practical impact of our beliefs

Question 20:


a) premises and conclusions make up a large portion of the total wordage
b) premises and conclusions make up only a small portion of the total wordage
c) premises and conclusions are usually clearly labelled
d) premises and conclusions are equal in number

Question 21:


a) persuasion
b) valid reasoning
c) formulation
d) inference

Question 22:


a) “Joe owns a pet dog”
b) “The entropy of an isolated system never decreases”
c) “Think globally, act locally”
d) “We should not tolerate the senseless slaughter of baby seals”

Question 23:


a) an argument
b) an explanation
c) an inference
d) none of the above

Question 24:


a) “thus”
b) “hence”
c) “because”
d) “consequently”

Question 25:


a) “since”
b) “moreover”
c) “it follows that”
d) “because”