Father: Causality and Persuasive Speech

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1. T F Study of the methods of persuasion began with communication researchers early in the twentieth century.
2. T F What many teachers refer to as source credibility was called ethos by Aristotle.
3. T F Competence and character are the most important factors affecting a speaker’s credibility.
4. T F Education and status are the most important factors affecting a speaker’s credibility.
5. T F The more favorably listeners view a speaker’s competence and character, the more likely they are to accept what the speaker says.
6. T F The credibility of a speaker before she or he starts to speak is called derived credibility.
7. T F The credibility of a speaker before she or
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43. T F Although causal reasoning is used a great deal in public speeches, it is seldom used in other situations.
44. T F One of the advantages of using causal reasoning in a persuasive speech is that the relationship between causes and effects is usually fairly obvious.
45. T F When using causal reasoning in a persuasive speech, you should take special care to avoid the fallacy of post hoc, ergo propter hoc.
46. T F False cause, or post hoc ergo propter hoc, is an error in reasoning in which a speaker mistakenly assumes that because one event follows another, the first event is the cause of the second.
47. T F False cause, or post hoc ergo propter hoc, is an error in reasoning in which a speaker mistakenly assumes that because two things are similar in one respect, they are similar in all respects.
48. T F The following statement is an example of reasoning from analogy: “If you can make great tacos, you can make great enchiladas.”
49. T F The following statement is an example of reasoning from analogy: “The United Nations charter establishes the right of all people to live free of political oppression. The government of North Korea subjects its people to political oppression. Therefore, the government of North Korea is violating the U.N. charter.”
50. T F The most important question to ask when assessing analogical reasoning is whether the general

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