Praxis Reading : Evaluating relevance and sufficiency of evidence

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for Praxis Reading

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Evaluating Relevance And Sufficiency Of Evidence

Let me say this clearly: Becky stole the money. The proof is that when I asked her about it she averted her gaze, and I certainly can't think of any other reason to explain that.

The claim made in the first sentence of this passage is ________________.

Possible Answers:

supported by deeply inadequate evidence

supported by logical evidence

supported by solid anecdotal evidence

supported by quantitative evidence

not supported by any evidence whatsoever

Correct answer:

supported by deeply inadequate evidence


The key thing to remember here is that the claim made in the passage IS supported by evidence. Even inadequate evidence, when used in support of a claim is evidence, it's just bad evidence. The evidence here is a simple aversion of a gaze, which neither logically nor empirically is evidence of anything. The claim is thus supported by deeply inadequate evidence.

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