Group One: Sample Fallacies And Booby Traps

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Understanding Fallacies and Booby Traps in Argument and Persuasive Writing


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  • 1. 
    1. Lewis Carroll, in Through the Looking Glass: " ‘You couldn’t have [jam] if you did want it,’ the Queen said. ‘The rule is jam tomorrow and jam yesterday — but never jam today.’ ‘It must sometimes come to jam today,’ Alice objected. ‘No it can’t,’ said the Queen. ‘It’s jam every other day: today isn’t any other day, you know.’ "
    • A. 

      Appeal to Authority

    • B. 

      Equivocation

    • C. 

      Red-Herring

    • D. 

      Straw Man

    • E. 

      Undistibutable Middle

  • 2. 
    2. Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, look at the bloody clothes, the murder weapon. Imagine the helpless screams of the victim. Such a crime deserves no verdict except guilty, guilty!
    • A. 

      Questionable Use of Statistics

    • B. 

      False Cause

    • C. 

      Red-Herring

    • D. 

      Genetic Fallacy

    • E. 

      False Cause

  • 3. 
    3. 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. 

      Vagueness

    • B. 

      Equivocation

    • C. 

      Supressed Evidence

    • D. 

      Appeal to Authority

    • E. 

      Straw Man

  • 4. 
    According to Freud, your belief in God stems from your need for a strong father figure. So don’t you see that it’s silly to continue believing in God?
    • A. 

      Questionable Use of Statistics

    • B. 

      Undistributed Middle

    • C. 

      Genetic Fallacy

    • D. 

      Equivocation

    • E. 

      Vagueness

  • 5. 
    How can you possibly believe in evolution? That would mean that you believe that an elephant evolved from a mouse, and that’s just ridiculous.
    • A. 

      Genetic Fallacy

    • B. 

      Vagueness

    • C. 

      False Cause

    • D. 

      Straw Man

    • E. 

      Suppressed Evidence

  • 6. 
    The nuthatch was discovered by Tilly Turnow in the woods, while hopping from branch to branch of an elm tree, singing happily.
    • A. 

      Questionable Use of Statistics

    • B. 

      False Cause

    • C. 

      Suppressed Evidence

    • D. 

      Vagueness

    • E. 

      Genetic Fallacy

  • 7. 
    You can hardly blame President Clinton for having extramarital affairs. Many presidents, when faced with similar situations, have yielded to the same temptations.
    • A. 

      Equivocation

    • B. 

      Appeal to Authority

    • C. 

      Undistributed Middle

    • D. 

      Straw Man

    • E. 

      Red Herring

  • 8. 
    There are more laws on the books than ever before, and more crimes are being committed than ever before. Therefore, to reduce crime, we must eliminate the laws.
    • A. 

      False Cause

    • B. 

      Vagueness

    • C. 

      Red Herring

    • D. 

      Appeal to Authority

    • E. 

      Questionable Use of Statistics

  • 9. 
    We should pass a constitutional amendment making it illegal to burn the American flag. Anyone who thinks otherwise just hates America.
    • A. 

      Suppressed Evidence

    • B. 

      Vagueness

    • C. 

      Undistributed Middle

    • D. 

      Straw Man

    • E. 

      Red Herring

  • 10. 
    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.” 11.
    • A. 

      Appeal to Authority

    • B. 

      Suppressed Evidence

    • C. 

      Red Herring

    • D. 

      Vagueness

    • E. 

      Equivocation