FLVS English 4: 04.04 Analyzing an Argument Quiz

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Essay Question: Granlund, Dave. “New York Considers Ban On Giant Sodas…” Illustration. 1 June 2012. davegranlund.com. Dave Granlund. 28 March 2012. Web. Would Dave Granlund, the artist who created this cartoon, agree or disagree with the argument in Nadia Arumugam’s article? Explain why or why not in a minimum of three sentences.
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Essay Response: Both Dave Granlund and Nadia Arumugam would totally agree! She speaks about how the ban will not work because people will buy more than one drink, which is the exact same idea that is shown in the cartoon. She speaks about the people just going to more places and getting more drinks as illustrated above.
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Essay Question: © www.yesmagazine.org 2013 Creative Commons License How does the information in this infographic relate to the argument made in Nadia Arumugam’s article? Explain in a minimum of three sentences.
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Essay Response: An average American drinks 53 gallons of soda a year. Nadia was saying how the average American would start to drink more soda after the ban was made. She was speaking about how the average American already drinks too much soda and will continue to even with the ban.
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Essay Question: Using these images as inspiration, write a claim, one or two sentences in length, in support of the soda ban. The average American consumes 3 lbs of sugar each week, or 3,550 pounds in an entire lifetime. That’s about 1,767,900 Skittles or enough sugar to fill an industrialized dumpster. Image shows a large Skittle with many Skittles radiating from the center, like a sun, and a dumpster filled with sugar crystals. © www.yesmagazine.org 2013 Creative Commons License Image is a cartoon that shows three overweight individuals in the doorway of a home carrying a picket sign that reads, “Rise up against the soda ban.” They are addressing an obese soda drinker who is sitting on a couch saying, “I can’t.” Bramhall, William. “Bramhall’s World: The Soda Ban.” Illustration. 14 September 2012. New York Daily News. Josh Greenman. 30 September 2012. Nydailynews.com. New York Daily News. 28 March 2012. Web.
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Essay Response: The average American will continue to eat an enormous amount of sugar during their lifespan. They will consume over 3,550 pound of sugar in their entire lifetime as stated in Yes Magazine in 2013.
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Essay Question: Read this argument from The New York Times opinion pages. Does the author of this article agree or disagree with Nadia Arumugam? Use evidence from each article to support your answer. Answer in a minimum of five sentences. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has done a lot to help improve the health of New York City residents. Smoking is outlawed in workplaces, restaurants and bars. Trans fat is banned in restaurants. Chain restaurants are required to post calorie counts, allowing customers to make informed choices. Mr. Bloomberg, however, is overreaching with his new plan to ban the sale of sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces. He argues that prohibiting big drinks at restaurants, movie theaters, stadiums and other food sellers can help combat obesity. But as he admits, customers can get around the ban by purchasing two drinks. The administration should be focusing its energies on programs that educate and encourage people to make sound choices. For example, obesity rates have declined slightly among students in elementary and middle schools, with the city’s initiatives to make lunches healthier with salad bars, lower-calorie drinks and water fountains in cafeterias. Requiring students to get more exercise has also helped. The city should keep up its tough anti-obesity advertising campaigns—one ad shows that it takes walking from Union Square to Brooklyn to burn off the calories from a 20-ounce soda. The mayor has also started adult exercise programs and expanded the program for more fresh produce vendors around the city. Promoting healthy lifestyles is important. In the case of sugary drinks, a regular reminder that a 64-ounce cola has 780 calories should help. But too much nannying with a ban might well cause people to tune out. Citation: “A Ban Too Far.” New York Times 1 June 2012, New York A26. Web. 3 Apr. 2013.
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Essay Response: He agrees with Nadia, this author is saying that the ban will not help stop obesity and not will work. “He(Mayor Michael Bloomberg) argues that prohibiting big drinks at restaurants, movie theaters, stadiums and other food sellers can help combat obesity.” Nadia also says that the ban will not stop obesity because people will just get more than one drink to replace the loss of size. The author says that the energy should be turned to education programs and campaigns instead. “The administration should be focusing its energies on programs that educate and encourage people to make sound choices.” He also provides evidence to support that education works, “For example, obesity rates have declined slightly among students in elementary and middle schools, with the city’s initiatives to make lunches healthier with salad bars, lower-calorie drinks and water fountains in cafeterias.” So, in the end, Nadia and the author of this article would agree.
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Essay Question: Which of the arguments in the lesson did you find most effective in communicating a position on the soda ban? Identify the argument and explain why. Include details from the argument and comments on ethos, pathos, and logos. Answer in a minimum of five sentences.
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Essay Response: I thought that Nadia’s argument was the best. She is saying that she understands that sodas are not the only thing that is causing the obesity problem. “No, dietary habits, environment, genetics, and a myriad of other factors come together to form a complex matrix that impacts our weight.” She then gives examples on why she thinks that the soda drinks are causing the problem “But the facts are clear, sugar-filled beverages are unhealthy.” In this quote she is appealing to the logos and in the next quote she is providing statistics for the logos, “A study by the University of Texas Health Science Center which tracked 1,550 people between the ages of 25 to 64 for eight years revealed a common theme: the more soda participants consumed daily, the greater the likelihood that they became overweight or obese.” She is showing through statistics that she researched and knows what she is talking about. She acknowledges that there are other sources that can lead to obesity but then strengthens the argument in favor of the soda ban by focusing on researched facts about the negative effects of sugary drinks.

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