# GEN 499 week 4 critical thinking Quiz

Question 1.

<11{1[3(02)02]}> Catherine goes to her local movie theater only to see romantic comedies. Since Catherine did not go to the movies yesterday, there is not a romantic comedy playing at her local theater.

The reasoning above is flawed because the evidence:

does not suggest that Catherine goes to see every romantic comedy that plays at her local movie theater.

implies that Catherine is uninterested in most types of movies.

does not indicate whether Catherine watches only romantic comedies at home.

suggests that Catherineâ€™s local movie theater hardly ever shows romantic comedies.

Question 2.

<21{1[1(13)13]}> A recent study of 100 employees from six departments of a major corporation found 65% to be sleep deprived. The researchers concluded that the majority of corporate employees are sleep deprived.

The researcherâ€™s conclusion is suspect because it:

assumes that corporate employees are more sleep deprived than other people.

is based on evidence that is statistically impossible.

fails to describe the effects the sleep deprivation has.

relies on a sample that is too small to represent the entire corporate workforce.

Question 3.

<21{1[2(24)24]}> The average height of members of the high school basketball team is six feet, three inches. Jerry is on the high school basketball team, so Jerry must be taller than six feet.

The argument above is flawed because it confuses

Jerry with other members of the team

the members of one team with the members of another team

people who are six feet three inches tall for people who are exactly six feet tall

an average for the individuals that make up that average.

Question 4.

<11{1[1(19)19]}> All sages provide both wisdom and inspiration. Since Dashaâ€™s speech contained wisdom and greatly inspired her audience, Dasha is a sage.

Which one of the following points out the flaw in the argument above?

Just because Dasha is a sage doesnâ€™t mean that she is always wise and inspirational.

Just because Dashaâ€™s speech provided wisdom and inspiration doesnâ€™t mean that it provided more wisdom than inspiration.

Just because Dasha satisfied two requirements of being a sage doesnâ€™t necessarily mean that she satisfies all the requirements of being a sage.

Just because Dasha provided wisdom and inspiration in a speech doesnâ€™t mean that all sages use speeches to provide wisdom and inspiration.

Question 5.

<21{1[1(01)01]}> Since Jessicaâ€™s participation in local politics increased significantly after she joined her schoolâ€™s political science club, it is clear that her involvement in that club led her to take an interest in politics.

The argument above is flawed because:

it doesnâ€™t say which political issues Jessica is interested in.

it states that the only purpose of the political science club is to spark an interest in politics.

it misuses the word â€œsignificantly.â€

itâ€™s possible that an interest in politics caused Jessica to join the political science club.

Question 6.

<11{1[4(17)17]}> Mrs. Orlof teaches two history classes, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Yesterday she gave the same test to both classes. Anyone who failed the test must take a retest. Since a greater percentage of students who took the morning test failed the test than students who took the afternoon test, more of Orlofâ€™s morning history students than afternoon history students will have to take the retest.

The conclusion above is not necessarily valid because:

more students in the morning class may have passed the test than failed the test.

some students may have been absent from both classes.

some of the students who passed the afternoon test may have received information about the test from morning students.

more students may have taken the test in the afternoon than in the morning.

Question 7.

<21{2[2(12)36]}> Career counselor: It is best for artists to build a practical and safe career that will guarantee them a secure income, and then pursue their art in their spare time. That way, they will be motivated to work hard at their day jobs to support their art making, and both their career and their art will thrive.

Which one of the following, if true, would most weaken the argument?

Some forms of art making are expensive and require a good deal of money to pursue.

Many people who arenâ€™t artists prefer to pursue practical and safe careers.

Having the time and money to make art doesnâ€™t guarantee an artist commercial success.

Splitting time between two pursuits in life often causes both to suffer.

Question 8.

<11{2[3(11)35]}> Some politicians claim to support the environment in speeches they make around the country. However, to get to those speeches they ride in gas guzzling, pollution creating private planes. They therefore clearly donâ€™t believe a word of what they say and are actually making the environmental problem worse.

Which one of the following, if true, would best weaken the argument above?

Some of the politicians try to hide the fact that they travel by private plane to their speeches around the country.

Most people who hear the politiciansâ€™ speeches on the environment are unconvinced by their arguments.

A majority of voters surveyed agree that politicians sometimes make societyâ€™s problems worse.

Improvements to the environment brought about through the politiciansâ€™ public support of environmental regulations more than offset the damage done to the environment by the politiciansâ€™ private planes.

Question 9.

<11{2[3(02)26]}> Aron: The two double A batteries in my CD player are dead, so the CD player doesnâ€™t work. My television remote control, which also uses two double A batteries, works fine. So if I move the two batteries from my television remote control to my CD player, the CD player will definitely work.

Aronâ€™s argument is most strengthened if which one of the following is true?

Aron inserted the current batteries in his television remote control two months before he inserted the current batteries in his CD player.

The amount of energy required to power the CD player is not greater than the amount of energy needed to power the television remote control.

Aron has used his television remote control more times than he has used his CD player since inserting the current batteries into each device.

Double A batteries provide less energy than either C batteries or D batteries.

Question 10.

<11{3[1(07)43]}> As part of its reorganization, company X created five new positions within the company. However, after the reorganization was complete, company X had fewer employees than before the reorganization.

Which one of the following, if true, would best explain the result described above?

Some employees of the company were switched into new departments to fill the new positions.

Some employees who quit over dissatisfaction with the reorganization were immediately replaced by new hires.

The new positions were created to respond to a greater demand for company Xâ€™s products.

Some employees were laid off as a number of old positions were eliminated in the reorganization.

Question 11.

<11{3[1(03)39]}> Last season at City Opera House, far more people attended opera X than opera Y. However, opera Y generated far greater net profits for City Opera House than did opera X.

Each of the following could directly explain the result indicated above EXCEPT:

a difference in the ticket prices of operas X and Y.

a difference in the operating expenses of operas X and Y.

a difference in the subject matters of operas X and Y.

a difference in the merchandise sales associated with operas X and Y.

Question 12.

<11{4[2(06)50]}> Choose the pair of words/phrases among the choices that exhibits the same logical relationship as the words/phrases in the following pair.

gavel : judge

baton : conductor

symphony : composer

stop sign : driver

ruler : math

Question 13.

<21{4[1(10)54]}> Choose the pair of words/phrases among the choices that exhibits the same logical relationship as the words/phrases in the following pair.

heavy : weight

dry : wet

feather : scale

hot : temperature

color : size

Question 14.

<21{4[3(02)46]}> Choose the pair of words/phrases among the choices that exhibits the same logical relationship as the words/phrases in the following pair.

conductor : orchestra

skater : rink

teacher : principal

producer : movie

director : cast

Question 15.

<11{5[1(05)61]}> Memmie: The greater the population near a restaurant, the more potential customers it has and the greater chance its popularity will spread through word-of-mouth. Oâ€™Sullivans Restaurant just opened in the very densely populated town of Redville, so its chances for success are great.

Sam: But the more people living in an area, the more restaurants there are in that area, so the more competition each one faces. There are twelve other restaurants serving the people of Redville.

Memmie and Sam seem to disagree about whether:

Oâ€™Sullivans will fail in its first few months.

Oâ€™Sullivans will serve a different kind of food than the other restaurants in Redville.

the high population of Redville ensures that Oâ€™Sullivanâ€™s has a great chance for success.

word-of-mouth about a restaurant can spread in a densely populated town like Redville.

Question 16.

<21{5[1(03)59]}> Barney: Last winter, I slipped on the outside stairs of PineTree CafÃ© and broke my leg. My fall was caused by ice on the stairs that the restaurant failed to remove. Since the restaurant clearly did not provide a safe atmosphere for its customers, I am justified in taking it to court.

Lydia: Unwarranted lawsuits are sweeping the countryâ€”lawsuits that have no legal merit and are brought simply to make lawyers and their clients rich. If this trend continues, soon our legal system will be swamped to the point where it wonâ€™t be able to administer justice to people who truly deserve it. You therefore should drop your case against PineTree CafÃ©.

The speakers above appear to disagree on which one of the following points?

Barney is likely to win his case against Pinetree CafÃ©.

Barneyâ€™s lawsuit against Pinetree CafÃ© is unwarranted.

Many unwarranted lawsuits are sweeping the country.

The legal system will soon be unable to administer justice to people who deserve it.

Question 17.

<11{6[1(07)71]}> The higher the price of an antique, the greater peopleâ€™s expectation that the object is rare. That, in turn, makes the antique appear more valuable.

If the statements above are correct, then offering an antique for sale at a bargain price:

will likely increase peopleâ€™s expectations that the antique is valuable.

will guarantee that the antique will not sell at a profit.

should be encouraged because it increases the likelihood that antique will be sold.

should be discouraged because it lessens a quality that makes that antique desirable.

Question 18.

<21{6[3(08)72]}> Some drugs combat obesity or alcohol addiction by turning off pleasure centers in the brain. However, if the dosage is too high, thereâ€™s a risk that people taking them will be plunged into depression.

The statements above, if true, support which one of the following assertions?

It is useless to try to treat obesity or alcohol addiction through drugs.

All drugs, if taken at too high a dosage, pose the risk that the people taking them will be plunged into depression.

The benefits of a medication may be at least somewhat offset by its side effects.

Drugs that affect pleasure centers in the brain are often taken at dosages considered to be too high.

Question 19.

<7{6[3(02)66]}> In a survey of 10 film historians, half voted for Nosferatu as the greatest vampire film ever made, and the other half voted for Dracula. However, when asked which lead vampire character they considered more charismatic, all of the film critics chose Dracula over Nosferatu.

Based on the information above, it must be true that for some film critics, their feelings about the charisma of the lead character:

is the least important factor they consider when comparing two films.

is the most important factor they consider when comparing two films.

is not the most important factor they consider when comparing two films.

is the only factor they consider when comparing two films.

Question 20.

<11{7[2(03)79]}> Looking to increase the profits of his lemonade stand, Johann doubled the price of a cup of lemonade from 25 cents to 50 cents. This clearly shows Johannâ€™s lack of business sense, for now heâ€™ll almost certainly sell fewer cups at the new price and therefore make less money than before.

The argument above assumes that:

Johann is looking to double the profits of his lemonade stand.

the price increase will likely put Johann out of business.

profits from the price increase will not offset the money lost when fewer cups are sold.

even if Johann sells more cups at the new price than he did at the old price, heâ€™ll still lose money on the lemonade stand.

Question 21.

<11{7[1(01)77]}> Detective: The robbery at the mall was carried out by a mall employee acting alone roughly one hour after the mall closed last Saturday night. The only employees present at the mall at the time of the robbery were security guards Evans and Clark. Since the mallâ€™s surveillance system was disabled by the thief just before the robbery, the thief must be Evans.

The argument above would be valid if:

Clark is incapable of disabling the mallâ€™s surveillance system.

both Evans and Clark are capable of disabling the mallâ€™s surveillance system.

Evans and Clark are the mallâ€™s only security guards.

the mallâ€™s surveillance system is usually used 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Question 22.

<11{7[3(08)84]}> The president spoke to 19 congressmen from Texas to encourage them to vote for a bill. Since four of the 19 congressmen went on to vote for the bill, it is clear that the president persuaded those four to vote the way they did.

The argument above assumes that:

the bill will not pass because a majority of Texas congressmen did not vote for it.

the Texas congressmen who voted against the bill were persuaded by someone other than the president to vote the way they did.

the president did not try to influence the votes of any congressmen outside of Texas.

CORRECT
the four Texas congressmen who voted for the bill were against it before they spoke to the president.

Question 23.

<21{8[1(07)95]}> Political science professor: Many people insist that the Internet is revolutionizing the political process. They argue that Internet debates and online political polls and chat rooms give people greater access to political information. And theyâ€™re right that online political chatter increases daily. But offering or reading anonymous online opinions does not by itself make for active political participation. In the past one would attend a rally, protest, or town meeting to engage in real politics. Today, people sit passively in front of computer screens under the illusion that they are connecting with their fellow citizens.

Which one of the following best expresses the main idea of the professorâ€™s argument?

Internet debates and online political polls and chat rooms give people greater access to political information.

Political organizations of the past bear no resemblance to the political organizations of today.

While the Internet has made more political content available, meaningful political involvement has decreased.

The Internet has revolutionized the political process because it has allowed many more political viewpoints to be expressed.

Question 24.

<11{8[3(02)90]}> Whereas many industries suffer during economic recessions, the art industry does well. Some think the reason is that artists feed off the anxiety and uncertainty during recessions to produce inspired works. Others think that recessions, while harmful to most people, produce a handful of very rich people willing to pay very high prices for artworks, driving up the value of the art market as a whole.

The author of the passage above is primarily interested in:

providing evidence that the art industry does well during recessions.

presenting reasons for why the art industry does well during recessions.

discussing the types of artworks that sell best during recessions.

describing the effect that art has on the economy.

Question 25.

<11{8[1(04)92]}> The very large increase in allergies over the last thirty years is due to the great success of immunizations administered over this time period. Since immunizations have nearly eliminated life-threatening diseases such as polio, the human immune system increasingly targets other environmental substances in order to keep working properly. Allergy symptoms such as runny nose and itchy eyes result when the immune system attacks pollen that is breathed in from the air.

Which one of the following best expresses the main point of the passage above?

Immunizations often have surprising side effects.

Immunizations have been very successful in eliminating life-threatening diseases.

Viruses that once caused polio now cause allergies.

The use of immunizations has led to an increase in allergies.