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“…..critical thinking is concerned with reason, intellectual honesty, and open-mindedness, as opposed too emotionalism, intellectual laziness, and closed-mindedness. Thus, critical thinking involves: following evidence where it leads; considering all possibilities; relying on reason rather than emotion; being precise; considering a variety of possible viewpoints and explanations; weighing the effects of motives and biases; being concerned more with finding the truth than with being right; not rejecting unpopular views out of hand; being aware of one's own prejudices and biases, and not allowing them to sway one's judgment."(Kurland)


WHAT: Test analysis is an excellent opportunity to earn extra credit through in-depth analysis of the text.

HOW: All work must be completed individually and typed. Your original exam must be included.

Three points must be made: (see example attached)
  1. Why did you choose your original answer?
  2. How did the class arrive at their "unified" answer?
  3. What do you think now and why?

POINTS: You may earn up to the full amount of points that a question was worth on the exam. For instance, a comprehensive response on a 10-point question might earn you the full 10 points back. Superficial or irrelevant evidence, illogical arguments, or incomplete discussions will reduce your awarded points.

NOTE: Alternative opinions will certainly be respected – and awarded – as long as the textual evidence supports them.

When describing the dream, George explains that “when it rains in the winter, we’ll just say the hell with going to work, and we’ll build a fire in the stove and set around it an’ listen to the rain comin’ down on the roof.” (14-15) What does this reveal of George’s real motive?
  1. a.fame
  2. b.fortune
  3. c.self-determination
  4. d.laziness

Originally, I chose answer D, “laziness”. I chose this answer because the passage for me reveals a motive of laziness. By George saying that when there is bad weather, they won’t work, this reveals that he is lazy. To me this answer was correct because it had nothing to do with fame and it didn’t say anything about them having fortune. I thought that self-determination meant to be set on doing something, and the passage totally contradicted that.

The answer that my classmates ruled on was C, “self-determination”. The class justified this because self-determination means to choose yourself what you are going to do. George saying that he would choose to sit inside and not work when it was raining is choosing what and when he is going to work, which demonstrates self-determination.

After seeing my classmate’s answer I agree with them. I was stuck between self-determination and laziness for my answer and I picked laziness because I was more confident with knowing its definition. Now knowing that self-determination means that you choose what you do, or self-rule, I realize that it fits better as George’s motivation. I also realize now that George isn’t a lazy person, so laziness wouldn’t fit that well.

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