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:

not supported by any evidence whatsoever

supported by solid anecdotal evidence

supported by deeply inadequate evidence

supported by logical evidence

supported by quantitative evidence

Correct answer:

supported by deeply inadequate evidence

Explanation:

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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