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Thinking Critically, Seventh Edition
John Chaffee et al.
Additional Chapter Activities
Chapter 4: Perceiving

  1. How we perceive the world (that is, the way we assign value—positive or negative—to things, places, people, and ideas) can be influence by our peer group, our close friends, our role models, and by others who are close to us in life. Write a short essay that identifies who you think has the greatest influence on how you perceive the world. Give a specific example of a case in which your opinion or perception of a person, place, or thing was directly influenced by someone else's perception of that same person, place, or thing.

  2. The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, prompted many Americans to display the American flag more prominently than they ever had, whether that meant buying a flag and displaying it at home, or wearing a t-shirt with the flag printed on it, or displaying stickers of the flag on their cars. The flag symbolizes patriotism for many Americans and it provides a way for people to show their solidarity, i.e. to show they are all part of one large group. Write a short essay describing what symbols or emblems you use in your life to identify yourself with a particular group. Do you display these emblems prominently or not, and how do you hope they influence other people's perception of you?


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