Instructions: Your group has chosen some topic from the course materials. The topic can be divided into several arguments or taken as a whole. Each argument (as you have learned) has to have two premises. But each premise could be supported by an argument with its own premises. On the other hand each premise could be attacked on the basis of several objections. Your group can: (1.) Give a central argument and assign each member to support its premises for different reasons.(2.) Give a central argument and let some members defend its premises and some attack them.(3.) Give several distinct arguments aimed at the same general topic and assign one or more members to defend or attack them.

Your task, depending on your group's decision, will be to take a share of the work of defending or attacking and present it orally, using no more than 12 minutes. That oral presentation must be guided by a written essay, one to three pages, which is directed at some argument which must be laid out formally in the boxes below. This can be your own argument or that of the group. You must then indicate what premise or premises you are defending or attacking in your essay.


In first (left side) boxes circle proposition type (A,I,E,O) and write the correct article before the subject. In the top “subject”box write the subject of your major, then below the subject of your minor and finally the subject of your conclusion. It should be the same as the subject of the minor premise. Choose the right copula (verb, “is, is not” etc.) for the next box and finally the predicates for the last boxes.

  All,The, (No)


is,are (not)”







Major premise





Minor premise






Respond to the following by circling the correct words:
I (agree) (disagree) with this conclusion. Therefore I have chosen to (defend) (attack) the (major) (minor) (both) premise(s). (Attach this form to your typed essay.)