Assignment 1: Argument Mapping
Student: Dilyara Khusnutdinova
Professor: Pamela H. Lewis
January 23, 2013
1.Create an argument map based on the influence diagram presented in Case 1.3 and complete all the criteria provided in the exercise, beginning with this claim: “The U.S. should return to the 55- mph speed limit in order to conserve fuel and save lives.”
Include in the map as many warrants, backings, objections, and rebuttals as possible.
“The U.S. should return to the 55- mph speed limit in order to conserve fuel and save lives.”
Cars are most fuel efficient when driven between 30 mph and 60 mph. Above 65 mph, mileage drops sharply. This isn't rocket science. If drivers are forced
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