Final Exercise:

This exercise has two stages.  First, prepare notes toward the evaluation of the argument you have reconstructed from Chapter 5---is it formally impressive?  What of the claims made?  Are they true?  And finally, does it fit within its context?  Second, write up the work you have done in a 2 to 3 page essay, printed with 1-inch margins, double spaced, in Times New Roman 12 pt. font.  

This essay will have three sections. The first will be a detailed reconstruction of the argument.  This amounts to writing up your standard form into prose, making sure to indicate what motivates you to introduce implicit reasons where you do.  The second will be a detailed evaluation, consisting of three sub-sections, one each on form, content, and context.  Each of these sections should include information about your interpretation of the argument and arguments of your own for your conclusions.  The final section will be a conclusion in which you wrap up your evaluations and indicate whether you take the argument to be a good one.  When you have finished your paper, print it off and submit it with copies of the work you did in the "Putting it All Together" sections of the identification and reconstruction pages.  If you have any questions about this, please talk with me. 


Model Essay Argument