I. In preparation to engage any text or argument, be ready to answer:
(1) What are the informal fallacies being utilized in the argument (refer to The Art of Argument for review)?
(2) Are you able to construct the author’s syllogism? If so, is the author’s construction valid or invalid?
(3) Are you able to identify the author’s key terms in her argument? If so, what type of definitions does the author employ?
(4) What are the author’s presuppositions, axioms, and worldview?
II. Enter into a relaxed, reasoned conversation with the author as you make your way through the text. In what key places do you agree? Differ? Why? How can you avoid making the same mistakes you may accuse the author of?