December 4, 2009

Homework #39

The form of the Petrarchan sonnet provides the reader with a more exquisite literary experience than does the form of the detective novel. We know this is true because the best critics, the ones with delicate sensibilities, always prefer the Petrarchan sonnet to the detective novel. And we know that these critics are the best critics, because they prefer the Petrarchan sonnet.

The flaw in the logic expressed in the argument above is that the author

A. fails to provide the names of specific critics who prefer the Petrarchan sonnet over the detective novel.

B. assumes that the point he wishes to establish is necessarily true.

C. generalizes from one small, specific example to a broad, general rule.

D. does not provide a valid counter-argument that would dispute his own conclusion.

E. fails to provide examples of any exceptions to the rule he proposes.