Critical Thinking Quiz
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What does it mean to think critically?
To criticize things for their shortcomings
To think actively, with an awareness of potential problems in the information you encounter
To consider things in a logical manner
To imagine what it would be like to be criticized
Why is it important to evaluate any information you encounter?
Information may contain defects or may be incomplete
Information may contain answers to my questions
Information may be difficult to understand
Information may not be helpful
What question should you have in mind when you encounter information?
Is it current?
Is it accurate?
Is the person providing the information an authority
All of the above
How do you know if information found satisfies your needs?
I found everything I needed by consulting one source
It looks like it could be true
I feel like the author is telling the truth
After consulting several sources, the information I found completely addresses my research topic
What are we concerned with when we ask if a person providing information is an authority?
Whether that person is in charge of people
If that person knows who the author is
If that person has relevant expertise in the subject being presented
If the author knows something no other author knows
What does it mean if information is current?
It's part of a new fad
It's a hot topic
It's probably outdated or obsolete
Why might commercial sources of information present problems for researchers?
Most researchers don't have credit cards
Advertisements reduce the amount of information you can see on the screen
You might be asked to buy something you don't want
You might not get the best information available, only that which some company has paid to have shown to you
What is an example of a motive to providing information?
Someone might be trying to sell you something
Someone believes he or she has valuable knowledge or experience worth sharing with other people
Someone wants to make information freely available in order to help people
All of the above
Why should you care if the information you're examining is complete?
You might need to pursue another research topic instead
You wouldn't be able to list it in a bibliography
You might not have all the facts
You really don't need to know all the facts
Why should you always try to find better sources of information?
Because if you do not seek out superior sources your understanding of a subject might be incomplete or incorrect
Because you can never use old or historical information
Because only the newest information available can ever be trusted
Because inferior sources take too long to document in a research paper
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