syllogism analysis

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Consider the following arguments

All chickens have feathers.

This animal has feathers.

Therefore, this animal is a chicken.

All chickens are green.

No green birds eat pickles.

Therefore, no chickens eat pickles.

All chickens are mortal.

My pet bird Gilda is a chicken.

Therefore, Gilda is mortal.

All chickens are birds.

All ducks are birds.

Therefore, all chickens are ducks.

Floyd is a rooster.

A rooster is a male chicken.

Therefore, Floyd is a chicken.

In a short (1 page) essay, explain the following:

  • Which of these syllogisms is valid? Explain why these syllogisms are valid and which are not. For the invalid syllogisms, include the reason(s) for the non-valid structure.
  • Which of these syllogisms is sound? Explain why these syllogisms are sound and which are not. For the unsound syllogisms, include the reason(s) for the unsound structure.
  • The discussion of the syllogisms should use proper grammar and formal language and use APA formatting.
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