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Writing 2121F/G Study Guide - Quiz Guide: University Of Western Ontario, Begging, General Idea

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Writing 2121F/G
Tim Freeborn
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November 15, 2011 Lecture
- Quiz on November 17: Chapter 40, 41, 44 + Bonus 37
-add commas, colons, semi-colons, apostrophe’s
-Bonus Quiz: paragraphs that are punctuated; underline verbs
-Takes 4 best marks from the 5 quizzes
-Know your thesis: What is the purpose of the text? Persuasive, Argumentative, informative?
-Consider whether the thesis is stated or implied
-Think about how the author develops their thesis (by referring to evidence)
-What form does the evidence take? Facts, statistics, examples; expert opinion cited
-Does the author make an Appeal? Are they appealing to your intellect, reason, or are they
appealing to you emotionally (pathos)? Inappropriate Appeals: logical fallacies (chapter 4)
-Oversimplifications: either/or fallacy (the author only gives two options for something
when there are many more) , hasty generalizations (without going into appropriate
-complex issue represented in simplistic manner
-Evasion: Begging the question in which one states an opinion as though it were fact.
“UWO is greatest school in the country”
-writer is turning away from issue at hand.
-can also consist of direct addresses to the reader: flattery, if you feel like you’re
being patronized.
-if writer tries to evoke fear or pity: just an attempt to play on emotions in
absence of any compelling evidence.
-You don’t have to identify all fallacies, but realize that they are there and evidence
you’re getting in your sources might not be accurate
-Genre: type, conventions (lengthy plot summary in film reviews)
-you can’t criticize a film review of lengthy plot summary because it’s supposed to be
-Author’s biases: consider if they affect negatively their argument. Is their perspective so
narrow that it’s affecting what they’re trying to say?
-maybe their voice/tone contributes negatively to their argument
-Ineffective sources
-If you think a source is totally ineffective, don’t use it. Try to see it’s strengths and
-When looking at sources:
-Look at their thesis to get the general idea of the source
-Look at the evidence: Is it relevant, ample, current, anecdotal?
-Research author and every direct reference they make
-What’s effective about it and what’s ineffective?
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