Identifying Common Logical Fallacies

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Identifying Common Logical Fallacies

Covers Bandwagon, Slippery Slope, Straw Man, Ad hominem, Circular Reasoning/Begging the Question, Hasty Generalization, Either/or, Red Herring.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    “Even though it's only the first day, I can tell this is going to be a boring course.”
    • A. 

      Begging the Question

    • B. 

      Either/or

    • C. 

      Red Herring

    • D. 

      Hasty Generalization

  • 2. 
    "America: love it or leave it."
    • A. 

      Red Herring

    • B. 

      Either/or

    • C. 

      Hasty Generalization

    • D. 

      Bandwagon

  • 3. 
    "Since scientists cannot prove that global warming will occur, it probably won't."
    • A. 

      Hasty Generalization

    • B. 

      Slippery Slope

    • C. 

      Straw man

    • D. 

      Either/or

  • 4. 
    (1) Trinitarianism holds that three equals one.(2) Three does not equal one.Therefore:(3) Trinitarianism is false.
    • A. 

      Bandwagon

    • B. 

      Ad hominem

    • C. 

      Hasty generalization

    • D. 

      Straw Man

  • 5. 
    “If we ban Hummers because they are bad for the environment eventually the government will ban all cars, so we should not ban Hummers.”
    • A. 

      Ad hominem

    • B. 

      Slippery slope

    • C. 

      Straw man

    • D. 

      Begging the question

  • 6. 
    Bill says that he likes the idea that people should work for their welfare when they can. His friends laugh at him, accuse him of fascist leanings, and threaten to ostracize him from their group. He decides to recant and abandon his position to avoid rejection.
    • A. 

      Ad hominem

    • B. 

      Slippery slope

    • C. 

      Bandwagon

    • D. 

      Straw man

  • 7. 
     “If we allow same-sex couples to marry, then the next thing you know, we’ll be allowing people to marry their parents, cars, or even monkeys.” 
    • A. 

      Bandwagon

    • B. 

      Slippery slope

    • C. 

      Ad hominem

    • D. 

      Straw man

  • 8. 
    “People who don't support the proposed state minimum wage increase hate the poor.”
    • A. 

      Begging the Question

    • B. 

      Either/or

    • C. 

      Bandwagon

    • D. 

      Straw man

  • 9. 
    “The level of mercury in seafood may be unsafe, but what will fishers do to support their families?”
    • A. 

      Either/or

    • B. 

      Red Herring

    • C. 

      Hasty Generalization

    • D. 

      Begging the Question

  • 10. 
    “We can either stop using cars or destroy the earth.”
    • A. 

      Either/or

    • B. 

      Begging the Question

    • C. 

      Ad hominem

    • D. 

      Straw man

  • 11. 
    Mother: It’s bedtime JaneJane: Mom, how do ants feed their babies?Mother: Don’t know dear. Close your eyes now.Jane: But mama, do ant babies cry when hungry?
    • A. 

      Begging the Question

    • B. 

      Hasty generalization

    • C. 

      Red herring

    • D. 

      Straw man

  • 12. 
    “George Bush is a good communicator because he speaks effectively.”
    • A. 

      Either/or

    • B. 

      Begging the Question

    • C. 

      Ad hominem

    • D. 

      Bandwagon

  • 13. 
    Everyone is selfish; everyone is doing what he believes will make himself happier. The recognition of that can take most of the sting out of accusations that you're being "selfish." Why should you feel guilty for seeking your own happiness when that's what everyone else is doing, too?
    • A. 

      Ad hominem

    • B. 

      Slippery Slope

    • C. 

      Bandwagon

    • D. 

      Straw man

  • 14. 
     “Steve said we should put more money into health and education. I am surprised Steve hates our country so much that he wants to leave it defenseless by cutting military spending.” 
    • A. 

      Ad hominem

    • B. 

      Slippery Slope

    • C. 

      Bandwagon

    • D. 

      Straw man

  • 15. 
    “Green Peace's strategies aren't effective because they are all dirty, lazy hippies.”
    • A. 

      Straw man

    • B. 

      Red Herring

    • C. 

      Bandwagon

    • D. 

      Ad hominem

  • 16. 
    "But, Mom, nobody really takes the law against texting and driving seriously. All my friends do it."
    • A. 

      Straw man

    • B. 

      Red Herring

    • C. 

      Bandwagon

    • D. 

      Ad hominem

  • 17. 
    "A book is pornographic if and only if it contains pornography." 
    • A. 

      Straw man

    • B. 

      Begging the question

    • C. 

      Slippery slope

    • D. 

      Bandwagon

  • 18. 
    “After Sally presented her stance for more equitable taxation, Sam responded by questioning whether we should believe anything from a woman who isn’t married, was once arrested, and smells a bit weird.”
    • A. 

      Straw man

    • B. 

      Begging the question

    • C. 

      Ad hominem

    • D. 

      Hasty generalization

  • 19. 
    "If we pass laws against fully automatic weapons, then it won't be long before we pass laws on all weapons, and then we will begin to restrict other rights, and finally we will end up living in a communist state. Thus, we should not ban fully automatic weapons."
    • A. 

      Hasty Generalization

    • B. 

      Straw man

    • C. 

      Begging the Question

    • D. 

      Slippery slope

  • 20. 
    "We should not believe President Clinton when he claims not to have had sex with Monica Lewinsky.  After all, he's a liar."
    • A. 

      Either/or

    • B. 

      Ad hominem

    • C. 

      Slippery slope

    • D. 

      Hasty generalization

  • 21. 
    "Fred, the Australian, stole my wallet. Thus, all Australians are thieves."
    • A. 

      Either/or

    • B. 

      Ad hominem

    • C. 

      Slippery slope

    • D. 

      Hasty generalization

  • 22. 
    A teacher catches a student cheating during a test. The student in response says, “I know I’ve made a mistake. But think of my parents. They’re going to kill me”
    • A. 

      Either/or

    • B. 

      Red herring

    • C. 

      Bandwagon

    • D. 

      Slippery slope

  • 23. 
    • A. 

      Red herring

    • B. 

      Straw man

    • C. 

      Slippery slope

    • D. 

      Band wagon

  • 24. 
    “This painting is trash because it is obviously worthless.”
    • A. 

      Begging the question

    • B. 

      Red herring

    • C. 

      Bandwagon

    • D. 

      Slippery slope

  • 25. 
    Four out of five dentists recommend Happy Glossy Smiley toothpaste brand.  Therefore, it must be great.
    • A. 

      Begging the question

    • B. 

      Slippery slope

    • C. 

      Bandwagon

    • D. 

      Straw man

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