SAMPLE EXAM ITEMS
The following sample exam items are provided for you to use while studying for this course. I recommend
using them first for self-testing: Treat them as if they were part of an actual exam, try to answer them correctly,
and then check your responses with the answers provided at the bottom of the page. This exercise can give you
a feel for the nature of exams in this course and the state of your preparation.
It is possible that a small number of items from these sample items may appear on the midterm and final exams.
1) The universal affirmative premise ‘All coffee shops sell coffee’ could be visually represented with which of
the following Venn Diagrams?
a) Two circles that do not overlap – one for “coffee shops”, one for “sells coffee”.
b) Two circles that partially overlap – one for “coffee shops”, one for “sells coffee”.
c) Two circles, one inside the other – one for “coffee shops” inside one for “sells coffee”.
d) Two circles, one inside the other – one for “sells coffee” inside one for “coffee shops”.
2) In Newstead, Pollard, Evans, and Allen’s (1992) work with valid and invalid syllogisms, participants were
more willing to accept _________ syllogism rather than _________ syllogism.
a) an invalid but believable; an invalid but unbelievable
b) a valid but unbelievable; a valid but believable
c) an invalid but unbelievable; an invalid but believable
d) an invalid; a valid
3) In Wason’s generative problems (e.g., searching for a rule by generating strings of numbers such as 2