The Power of Critical Thinking, Third Canadian Edition: Chapter 2

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) cannot be true
b) cannot be false
c) cannot be mistaken
d) can be mistaken

Question 13:


a) makes it probable
b) is irrational
c) makes it true
d) does not make it true

Question 14:


a) uncomfortable
b) groundless
c) approved of by our group
d) unnecessary

Question 15:


a) do not make sense
b) are unfounded
c) do not support preferred claims or positions
d) do not support any particular position

Question 16:


a) have prejudices
b) have a personal stake in the conclusions you reach
c) have no commitments
d) try to control your emotions

Question 17:


a) cannot establish the truth of a claim
b) cannot be controlled
c) cannot affect our thinking
d) cannot affect our motivations and desires

Question 18:


a) reasons, beliefs, and claims
b) explanations
c) fears, attitudes, and motivations
d) friends and relatives

Question 19:


a) impossible
b) morally wrong
c) morally impossible
d) rational

Question 20:


a) proportion your belief to the strength of reasons
b) proportion your belief to the strength of group influence
c) reject claims endorsed by groups
d) accept only claims endorsed by preferred groups

Question 21:


a) to have knowledge, a claim must be beyond a reasonable doubt
b) to have knowledge, a claim must be beyond all possible doubt
c) the truth of a claim is solely determined by the person making the claim
d) a claim can never be beyond a reasonable doubt

Question 22:


a) psychological factors such as our fears, attitudes, motivations, and desires
b) some philosophical beliefs such as subjective relativism.
c) the egocentric dedication to accepting claims which are most in our interests or best able to help us save face
d) ensuring that no factors relevant to a well-reasoned judgment are ignored

Question 23:


a) social relativism and subjective relativism
b) peer pressure
c) egocentrism
d) fears, attitudes, motivations, and desires

Question 24:


a) It is well established and widely held practice.
b) There is a strong belief among its practitioners that it is beneficial.
c) There is strong social pressure for members of society to conform to the practice.
d) It is tradition.