Guiding Questions for Ayer's "The Criterion of Truth"

1. Is it true what the following paragraph says?

if we consider any sentence in which there is a reference to truth, we invariably find either that it is itself of the form 'p is true', or else that it contains a sub-sentence of the form 'p is true ', and that when it is translated in such a way as to make this sub-sentence explicit it contains no other mention of truth.

2. Why does Ayer conclude that truth and falsity are not genuine concepts?

3. Which problem fades if truth is not a genuine concept? Which remains?

4. What does Prof. Schlick maintain? How does Ayer make sense of it? What is missing?

5. How should we understand ‘reality’? How is ‘agreement with reality’ to be understood?