Argument Critique

In this 5-point assignment, you need to diagram a current political argument (provide link or citation), present it in Standard Form, and assess its strengths and weaknesses. The argument can be from any forum (e.g., class, news outlet, political speech, etc.) but must be related to politics, policy, or political ideology. Include these 3 required parts:


In a paragraph, briefly describe the author (credentials, authority, etc.), the context of the argument (is s/he responding to someone else? is the context partisan? etc.), and the type of argument (inductive/deductive). Provide a link and/or citation to the argument.

Standard Form:

Diagram the argument in standard form and include key premises, related sub-premises, and the conclusion. (e.g., bullets for P1 (premise1); P2 , and perhaps P2.1, P2.2, etc. for sub-premises; and C (conclusion)). If the thinker provides multiple arguments/conclusions, you can diagram paths to those multiple conclusions (e.g., P1, P2, C1; P1, P2, C2) or just analyze one of the arguments.

Strengths/ Weaknesses:

Explain the strengths and weaknesses of the argument. Explicitly address the truth of each premise and the logical flow of ideas to the argument.

Also, consider the source of authority and whether the argument was made in good or bad faith (e.g., is the thinker trying to ‘trick’ the listener?, is the thinker presenting their opponents’ view incorrectly (if applicable)?, is a definition particularly partisan or biased?).

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Short Essay

Should be between 400-600 words:

Compare and Contrast

In this essay, please compare and contrast two of the following scholarly essays.

Carefully and precisely identify each author’s primary argument and the evidence (visual and/or textual) that he or she uses to support that argument. In discussing each essay, use one work of art as a case study through which to explain the author’s arguments.

What makes these two scholars’ approaches different from each other? What strategies does each essay offer that we might use to understand other works of art produced around the same time by other artists?


• Is it grammatically correct and logically organized?
• Does it cite specific readings (with page numbers) and use them to answer the questions posed?
• Does it make knowledgeable use of clearly identified case studies?

Don’t use artworks that are made by the same artist if found on both articles.

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