Name: ______________ Date: _______________ Naming Arguments For each of the following determine what type of argument is being made: 1. Negative argument: The affirmative causes poverty and poverty is bad. Affirmative Response: The affirmative solves poverty and poverty is bad. The Affirmative is making a ___________________ argument. a. Non-Unique b. Link Turn c. Counter-Plan d. Link Impact Note: This is a link turn because it reverses the argument that the affirmative causes poverty. This is an offensive argument. A good question for the class is “What makes this an offensive argument?” What if the argument was restated to say “the Affirmative does not cause poverty.” The instructor can ask “What kind of argument would that be?” The answer is a “No Link” argument. 2. Negative argument: The Affirmative causes a war in Afghanistan and war is bad. Affirmative response: There is already a war in Afghanistan. The Affirmative is making a ___________________ argument. a. Non-Unique b. Timeframe c. Garbage d. Disadvantage Note: This is a non-unique argument because the Afghanistan conflict is already going on. The consequence of the disadvantage is already happening so it is not a reason not to do the Affirmative plan. The negative team must prove unique the unique consequences of the plans action. The instructor can ask pose the question of “why must disadvantage impacts be unique?” The answer is that ultimately 3. Negative argument: The Affirmative hurts the economy and hurting the economy is bad. Affirmative response: The Affirmative does not hurt the economy. The Affirmative is making a ___________________ argument. a. Timeframe b. Serious c. No Link d. Link Turn Note: This is a No Link argument because the Affirmative response is simply that they do not cause negative effects on the economy. One of the main differences between the No Link and the Link Turn is the difference between offense and defense. The No Link is a defense argument. The risk is always that it could cause some bad consequences. However, the Link Turn is offensive because it challenges the premise of the argument entirely. 4. Negative argument: The Affirmative hurts the economy and hurting the economy is bad. Affirmative response: The Affirmative creates long-term economic growth. The Affirmative is making a ___________________ argument. a. Timetable note: Timetable is not the name of an argument in debate. “Timeframe” would be the correct name of the argument. b. Counter-Definition c. Argument d. Link Turn Note: This argument is a Link Turn. Instead of saying the Affirmative does not hurt they economy, the Affirmative is taking the offensive arguing the plan actually creates long term economic growth. 5. Negative argument: The Affirmative causes a recession and a recession is bad. Affirmative response: The economy is already in a recession. The Affirmative is making a ___________________ argument. a. Non Unique b. Non Specific c. Link Turn d. No Harms Note: This is a Non Unique argument. If the economy is already in a recession, how could the Affirmative cause a recession? In addition, the consequences of causing a recession are either already happening or are unlikely to happen because of the plan.
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