Most of the questions and answers in this student manual are drawn from the test bank that accompanies Introduction to Logic and that is available (as part of the Instructor's Manual) only to teachers using the textbook. The questions below are thus samples of the questions that teachers have in the test bank that accompanies the textbook—questions they may use to create tests and quizzes for class. Other questions below are leftover questions I created during the writing of the textbook that never made it into the textbook or into the instructor's test bank.
A number of the questions and answers in Unit 1 below were created for this manual by my friend and colleague, Mitchell Erickson, professor of philosophy, Everett Community College. Thank you, Mitch, for creating some great problems (and answers) on the fundamental concepts of logic.
The textbook, Introduction to Logic, that accompanies this manual, contains approximately two thousand logic problems for you to solve, organized in approximately 175 exercise sets. None of the problems contained in this student manual is drawn from the textbook. For maximum effect, practice solving logic problems by solving the problems in the textbook as well as the problems in this student manual. The questions in this little manual are meant to serve only as a modest supplement to the practice problems available in the textbook. In other words, the problems in this manual are not intended to serve as a complete set of practice problems for a course in logic—the more numerous problems in the textbook, Introduction to Logic, serve that purpose.
The Open Course Library Logic Class
Many, many more logic problems with answers, covering every chapter in the textbook, are available in the free online logic course that my colleague, Mark Storey (Bellevue College), and I created for the Open Course Library. What is this? With generous support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the State of Washington Board for Community and Technical Colleges selected eighty-one community college faculty members and gave them the task of creating an online library of complete online courses in nearly every introductory subject in the community college curriculum. The online classes in the Open Course Library are freely available to any teacher or student who wants to use them. The Open Course Library logic class, which Mark and I created, currently entitled "Philosophy 106," may thus be used as an additional resource to help you master the concepts covered in Introduction to Logic. (The online course that we created may also be used to supplement any logic course taught with a standard logic text.) Your teacher has the relevant information.
The Many Worlds of Logic Website
In addition to the Open Course Library logic course described above, you will find further self-tests, a general overview of logic, philosophical arguments that you can analyze and debate, and various materials for advanced study in logical theory at the following website:
Once here, click on "Practice Quizzes with Answers" (at the top) for practice problems that can help build understanding. This website can serve as a general supplement to any logic course.
In conclusion, I sincerely hope that the questions and answers in this little manual will help you test your understanding and will give you valuable feedback as you use the accompanying textbook, Introduction to Logic. Good luck to you as you study one the oldest of all academic subjects!
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