ACM 460   PRACTICE Test #1 – Ch 1&2                                 


This Practice test reflects the kinds of questions – and wording – you’ll encounter. You’ll note that there are no “trick” questions. They are all straightforward. Read everything: Questions will come from the Narratives at the end of the chapters as well. Page numbers (from 7th edition of the textbook) are provided to help you check your answers.                                                          


I. True/False  Mark “T” or “F” in the blank

___ 1. The logical fallacy of bifurcation makes the assumption that what you’re trying to prove is a fact.

 p. 18

___ 2. There is common agreement among ethicists that it is not possible for an atheist to have morals. p. 17

___ 3. A nonmoral value never refers to something as being good or bad, or right or wrong.  p. 10

___ 4. Carol Delaney’s criticism of the biblical story of Abraham centers on the lack of what his wife Sarah might have to contribute to the idea of sacrificing their son Isaac to God. p. 64

___ 5. Crime stories generally concern themselves with the battle between good and evil.  pp. 84-87

___ 6.  Plato claimed that art is harmful because it fans violent emotions.  p. 89

___ 7. Alasdair MacIntyre finds the telling of stories so important for humans that he calls us “storytelling animals.”  p. 54


II. Multiple Choice. Select the response that BEST answers/completes the question   


___ 8. Martha Nussbaum claims that: pp. 24-25

a.  There is no cognitive value in emotions.

                  b.  Aristotle warned against paying attention to stories.

              c.  Emotions can have cognitive value. 

            d.  Philosophical examples are superior to stories in conveying a philosophical issue.


___ 9.Who, in Chapter 2, speaks these words? “And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers…” p. 117

            a.    Jules, in Pulp Fiction

            b.    Vincent, in Pulp Fiction

            c.    Medea, in the play Medea

            d.    Werther, in The Sorrows of Young Werther

___ 10. There are many ways to use narratives to explore ethics. Chapter 2 mentions several ways. Which one shouldn’t be on the list? pp. 51-53

            a.    Many psychologists are using bibliotherapy to help children cope with difficult experiences.

            b.    Many medical students are exposed to literature and film about persons with illnesses in order to have a better understanding of their patients.

            c.    Many philosophy students are now reading stories about persons seeking the meaning of life in order to facilitate their own search for meaning. 

            d.    Some judges are sentencing offenders to reading books and watching films in order to make them understand moral responsibility.