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Critical Thinking Tutorial

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1.0 Premises and Conclusions

Read the following text and answer the questions that follow.

Credit cards can be one of the most useful tools in tracking your expenses. It is great how they work. You make a purchase on your credit card, the charge is sent to the bank, the bank approves the transaction, and the bank posts it on a website or makes it available for you to download into your personal financial software. You can't beat the ease of use. In fact with many of the reward programs available many banks will basically pay you to use their credit card. You get free record keeping, free reward points, and many other features. Many credit cards offer some type of insurance if your purchase is stolen. Others offer extra life insurance policies for air travel booked on their cards. Some credit card companies offer extended warrantees on anything you purchased with their card. Thus, everyone should have at least one credit card.

a. Based on the passage above, list out the premises and conclusion.

b. Do you agree with the conclusion? Why and why not?

2.0 Stretch Your Thinking Muscles

1. Divide participants into small groups of four to seven people. Tell them they have

five minutes to think of different uses for a coffee mug.

2. Call time and ask each group to report how many ideas they generated.

3. Have each group try to think of at least five more ideas within four minutes.

4. Tell them to



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