Group Four: Sample Fallacies And Booby Traps

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Understanding Fallacies and Booby Traps in Argument and Persuasive Writing


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    I’m not a doctor, but I play a doctor on TV, and I wouldn’t dream of using anything but Tylenol for my toughest headaches.
    • A. 

      False Cause

    • B. 

      Appeal to Authority

    • C. 

      Equivocation

    • D. 

      Suppressed Evidence

    • E. 

      Vagueness

  • 2. 
    You can hardly blame President Clinton for having extramarital affairs. Many presidents, when faced with similar situations, have yielded to the same temptations.
    • A. 

      Suppressed Evidence

    • B. 

      Vagueness

    • C. 

      False Cause

    • D. 

      Red Herring

    • E. 

      Genetic Fallacy

  • 3. 
    Really exciting novels are very rare. And since rare books are expensive, I can’t afford to buy any really exciting novels.
    • A. 

      Red Herring

    • B. 

      Appeal to Authority

    • C. 

      Undistributed Middle

    • D. 

      Vagueness

    • E. 

      Equivocation

  • 4. 
    Poetry is based on rhythm, and music is based on rhythm, so isn't poetry a kind of music?
    • A. 

      Red Herring

    • B. 

      Undistributed Middle

    • C. 

      Appeal to Authority

    • D. 

      Genetic Fallacy

    • E. 

      Vagueness

  • 5. 
    Wife: “I see Mr. Smith is cooking out on his new barbecue grill.” Husband: “So his wife finally got fed up with his unfaithfulness!”
    • A. 

      Straw Man

    • B. 

      Vagueness

    • C. 

      Suppressed Evidence

    • D. 

      Questionable Use of Statistics

    • E. 

      Red Herring

  • 6. 
    Radio talk show host, on learning that an association of critical thinking professors had suggested his show as a source of fallacious reasoning: “Who are these people? They talk to maybe 30 people at a time. I talk to 5 million people every day. They could not begin to do what I do. They are just gnats flying around getting in the way.”
    • A. 

      Vagueness

    • B. 

      Questionable Use of Statistics

    • C. 

      Red Herring

    • D. 

      Appeal to Authority

    • E. 

      Straw Man

  • 7. 
    Before he died, poet Allen Ginsberg argued in favor of legalizing pornography. But Ginsberg's arguments are nothing but trash. Ginsberg was a pot-smoking homosexual and a thoroughgoing advocate of the drug culture.
    • A. 

      Genetic Fallacy

    • B. 

      False Cause

    • C. 

      Equivocation

    • D. 

      Red Herring

    • E. 

      Straw Man

  • 8. 
    We should pass a constitutional amendment making it illegal to burn the American flag. Anyone who thinks otherwise just hates America.
    • A. 

      Red Herring

    • B. 

      Equivocation

    • C. 

      Suppressed Evidence

    • D. 

      Straw Man

    • E. 

      False Cause

  • 9. 
    Miller Lite is cheap beer, so the Guinness will be cheap, too.  
    • A. 

      Straw Man

    • B. 

      Questionable Use of Statistics

    • C. 

      Appeal to Authority

    • D. 

      False Cause

    • E. 

      Equivocation

  • 10. 
    Middle-class families are paying more taxes than ever.
    • A. 

      Straw Man

    • B. 

      Undistributed Middle

    • C. 

      Equivocation

    • D. 

      Genetic Fallacy

    • E. 

      Vagueness

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