About 'Prejudice'

1. Look up St John, Chap. i, v. 46, and find an early example of prejudice.

2. Suggest some circumstances in which (a) a juryman might seek excuse from serving, (b) a J.P. might withdraw from the bench, (c) a M.P. or Borough Councillor might abstain from voting, on the grounds that he might be prejudiced.

3 . Explain and give an example of 'Special Pleading. '

4. Explain the sayings:

"A man may be confuted and yet not convinced."
"He that complies against his will
Is of his own opinion still."(BUTLER, Hudibras.)

5. Explain the connection between prejudice and begging the question.

6. Describe any advertisements you have seen which appeal to the prejudices of any particular class of society.

7. What is the implied inference when schoolmasters are accused of prejudice in advocating the raising of the school-leaving age?

8. "What we call 'cherished principles ' in ourselves, others would call 'rooted prejudices.'"
Explain. At what point can a principle descend to be a prejudice?

9. At a Games Club meeting at a boys' school, a proposal was put forward to lay a number of lawn-tennis courts to enable boys who had no aptitude or taste for cricket to play tennis. The proposer had scarcely time to outline the proposal, when he was interrupted by Mr X, who, unable any longer to restrain his anger, exclaimed "What! cut up that beautiful field to give a lot of nambypamby loafers a chance to pat a soft ball across a net!"
(a) Suggest some probable reasons (not excuses) for Mr X's outburst.
(b) If you had been the proposer, what would have been your reply?

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