Chapter 9: Fact and Opinion
Lab Activity 43: Reading Critically in Context
To identify an author's use of facts and opinions in reading passages.
Step 2: Read the following paragraph, and then answer the questions that follow.
In many animal species the female gives off a scent that draws males, often from far distances, and thus ensures the continuation of the species. Humans, too, emit sexual attractants called sex pheromones, body secretions that arouse sexual desire. Humans, of course, supplement that with perfumes, colognes, after-shave lotions, powders, and the like to further enhance attractiveness and sexuality. Not surprisingly, biotechnology companies are busily at work with the aim of bottling human sex pheromones. Women, recent research finds, prefer the scent of men who bear a close genetic similarity to themselves, a finding that may account, in part, for our attraction to people much like ourselves.
DeVito, The Interpersonal Communication Book, 10th ed., p. 205
Decide whether each statement that follows expresses facts (F), opinions (O), or a combination of the two (F/O).
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