Critical Reading

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If someone could please point me in the right direction on these questions? Please. And thanks in advance!

1.One of the reasons a critical reader would not reject the logic and validity of an argument is when the writer has extensive use of connotation. True or False? I believe this is false, is the right?

2.A critical reader should analyze the writer’s words to determine language adaptations made for the audience. True or False? I believe this is true, is the right?

3.Analyzing for bias means to examine the word choice, the author’s frame of reference, and objectivity. True or False? Would this be False?

4.Critical reading requires asking questions about the author, his purpose, and his choice of language, while reading. True or False? I believe this is true, is that correct?

5.When critical readers analyze a written selection for possible obstacles, they need to A.) expose irrelevant support? B.) attack the person discussed in the selection? Or C.) rely on improper exploitation of the persuasive capabilities of language? I can’t decide if this would be A or C?

6.Analyzing textual material to identify language devices such as similes, metaphors, and symbolism helps increase critical reading skills because A.) you are improving your vocabulary skills? B.) you are more actively engaged in comprehension? Or C.) you are able to argue with the writer? I believe this is B, is that right?

7.Critical readers need to select from the questions and skills that they can use based on A.) how much they have to read? B.) their purpose and familiarity with the content? Or C.) the expertise of the writer or speaker? Would this be B?

8.If you want to think more effectively A.) start “stocking” your mind with information from various sources? B.) avoid thinking about biases you have? Or C.) develop your ability to speed read? I believe this is B, is that right?

9.The definition “ornament means something that is probably not necessary for practical use” is weak because it is A.) too broad? B.) too narrow? Or C.) biased? Would this be A or C?

10.When a critical reader analyzes an editorial, he or she should not expect to find A.) emotionally charged words? B.) objectively on the part of the writer? Or C.) the author’s bias? Would this be B? I am confused on this one between B and C?

11.The validity of an argument depends on A.) the strength of the connection between the support and the conclusion? B.) the use of identifiable signal words? Or C.) the questions that the critical reader asks? I believe this is A, is that right?

12. When a writer uses connotation, the critical reader must A.) determine what meaning the writer intends? B.) determine the most familiar meaning? Or C.) first remember the denotative meanings? Is this A?

  • Critical Reading -

    I disagree with your answers for 3 and 8.

    5 and 9 -- I'd go with A for both.

    10 -- B; the author's bias is expected in editorials.

    Other teachers may have more to add.

  • Critical Reading -

    Thanks so much for the help....I will leave it posted to see if any other teachers have anything to add! Thanks again ;-)

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    You're very welcome. =)

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