Crt 205 Critical Analysis Form

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Appendix E

Critical Analysis Forms

Fill out one form for each source.

Source 1 Title and Citation: The Harmful Effects of Divorce are Exaggerated The Harmful Effects of Divorce are Exaggerated. Barabara Ehrenreich. Current Controversies: Marriage and Divorce.Ed. Tamara L. Roleff and Mary E. Williams. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 1997.

1
Identify the principal issue presented by the source.
Divorce is not as harmful to families in, particular children, as the norm would argue.

2
Identify any examples of bias presented by the author. If none exist, explain how you determined this. The example of bias in this article is that this author mentions in paragraph 5, that regardless oh her divorce, she has high functioning children of her own.

3
Identify any areas that are vague or ambiguous. If none exist, explain how you determined this.

The author is being vague when she compares the rate of teen suicide to rollerblading.

4
Do you find the source credible? Explain your reasoning.
I don’t find this source very credible because she writes mainly from opinion and doesn’t back up her statements with facts.

5
Identify and name any rhetorical devices used by the author. If none exist, explain how you determined this. The author downplays a study in paragraph 3 whit her use of, “but” where she discredits a study on negative affects on divorce.

6
Identify and name any fallacies used by the author. If none exist, explain how you determined this. The author uses the fallacy, “With the appeal to fear” in her statement “but if divorce itself hasn’t reduced America’s youth to emotional cripples, then the efforts to restrict it undoubtedly will.” Here, she is stating that if restrict divorce then we will definitely be worse off.

7
State one argument made by the author.
“The alleged psyche-scarring affects of divorce are grossly exaggerated”

8
Identify the premises and conclusion of the argument.
The premises is that the affect of divorce is exaggerated and the conclusion is that reform should improve the quality of divorces and that adults should be more responsible divorcees for the sake of the children.

9
Is the author’s argument valid or invalid, sound or unsound, strong or weak? Explain how you determined this. The author’s argument is valid because it could be a true statement, but it is unsound because she doesn’t have a lot of facts to back it up. It is a weak argument because it is mainly her opinion she is stating and not a fact.

10
Does the author use moral reasoning? If not, explain how you determined this. I don’t believe that the author used moral reasoning for her argument because it wasn’t an issue of her moral values rather it was an issue of divorce being exaggerated. It is more of an opinion and didn’t have anything to do with her moral values.

Source 2 Title and Citation: Divorce Harms Children
Divorce Harms Children. Steven Waldman. Opposing Viewpoints: Child Welfare. Ed. Carol Wekesser. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 1998

1
Identify the principal issue presented by the source.
Divorce is harmful to children.

2
Identify any examples of bias presented by the author. If none exist, explain how you determined this. There are no examples of bias presented by the author. The author is presenting the argument and the counter argument.

3
Identify any areas that are vague or ambiguous. If none exist, explain how you determined this.

The authors argument of divorce having a harmful affect on children is vague throughout the article because he touches on the counterargument so often.

4
Do you find the source credible? Explain your reasoning.
Yes, because the author shows both sides of the arguments and he shows a lot of researched facts.

5
Identify and name any rhetorical devices used by the author. If none exist, explain how you determined this. The author rationalizes in paragraph 8...
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