Activity 7: Ethos and Comics
Instructions: In class we discussed the differences between propositions of fact, value, and
policy, and how to effectively incorporate each of these types of propositions into a persuasive
argument. For this activity, you will analyze the cartoon Calvin and Hobbes in terms of the main
argument of the comic strip and whether this argument reflects a proposition of fact, value, or
policy. Refer to class notes from Unit 6 (Ethos & Source Credibility) as well as the Herrick
(2011) reading from Unit 1 to help you complete this activity.
For EACH of the three comic strips (A-C), respond to the following:
1. Summarize the main argument of the comic strip in one sentence.
2. Based on your answer to 1, is this argument a proposition of fact, value, or policy? How do
you know this (defend your answer)?
Additionally, answer the following general question about propositions of fact, value, and policy:
3. What is the importance of identifying whether an argument (either your own or a speaker’s) is
a proposition of fact, value, or policy?
On relying on experts:
On the First Amendment:
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