Logical Fallacies Multiple Choice Quiz

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Logical Fallacy Quizzes & Trivia

To help me study for English class.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Drawing a larger conclusion than the evidence supports All robin have red breasts; men don’t cry
    • A. 

      Over generalizing (hasty/faulty generalization)

    • B. 

      Card Stacking

    • C. 

      Ad Ignorantium

    • D. 

      Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc

  • 2. 
    Selecting only data that supports your own point of view President Clinton being a moral man, being married and loving his daughter; talking about the Bible; going to church
    • A. 

      Over generalizing (hasty/faulty generalization)

    • B. 

      Card Stacking

    • C. 

      Ad Ignorantium

    • D. 

      Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc

  • 3. 
    Based on ignorance—something is true because can’t prove otherwise You can’t prove your candidate will win, so I assume he won’t
    • A. 

      Over generalizing (hasty/faulty generalization)

    • B. 

      Card Stacking

    • C. 

      Ad Ignorantium

    • D. 

      Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc

  • 4. 
    After this, therefore because of this The milk was left out all night and was spoiled. It should have been put in the refrigerator
    • A. 

      Over generalizing (hasty/faulty generalization)

    • B. 

      Card Stacking

    • C. 

      Ad Ignorantium

    • D. 

      Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc

  • 5. 
    “stick” or “club”—appeal to force Our gang will beat up anyone who doesn’t vote our way
    • A. 

      Ad Baculum

    • B. 

      Ad Hominem

    • C. 

      Fallacy of Opposition

    • D. 

      Genetic fallacy

    • E. 

      Guilt by Association

  • 6. 
    “To the person”—attacks the person presenting the argument Researchers are frauds who don’t earn their salaries
    • A. 

      Ad Baculum

    • B. 

      Ad Hominem

    • C. 

      Fallacy of Opposition

    • D. 

      Genetic fallacy

    • E. 

      Guilt by Association

  • 7. 
    Type of ad homonern—assumes that what comes from the opposition must be wrong and harmful atheists favor cloning, so cloning is wrong
    • A. 

      Ad Baculum

    • B. 

      Ad Hominem

    • C. 

      Fallacy of Opposition

    • D. 

      Genetic fallacy

    • E. 

      Guilt by Association

  • 8. 
    Where an idea comes from affects its validity He’s just a psychology teacher at a community college
    • A. 

      Ad Baculum

    • B. 

      Ad Hominem

    • C. 

      Fallacy of Opposition

    • D. 

      Genetic fallacy

    • E. 

      Guilt by Association

  • 9. 
    Your friends are your friends because you are alike A person hanging out in a bar will be an alcoholic
    • A. 

      Ad Baculum

    • B. 

      Ad Hominem

    • C. 

      Fallacy of Opposition

    • D. 

      Genetic fallacy

    • E. 

      Guilt by Association

  • 10. 
    Appeal to pity (legit or manipulative) I’ve been absent—grandmother died—stroke two years ago
    • A. 

      Ad Misèricordiam

    • B. 

      Ad populum

    • C. 

      Bandwagon

    • D. 

      Plain Folks and Snob Appeal

    • E. 

      Ad Verecumdiam

  • 11. 
    Argument to the people—ideas are right because popular Vietnam War—America, love it or leave it
    • A. 

      Ad Misèricordiam

    • B. 

      Ad populum

    • C. 

      Bandwagon

    • D. 

      Plain Folks and Snob Appeal

    • E. 

      Ad Verecumdiam

  • 12. 
    Form of ad populum—appeal to peer pressure and group identity Six million read a paper—must be excellent
    • A. 

      Ad Misèricordiam

    • B. 

      Ad populum

    • C. 

      Bandwagon

    • D. 

      Plain Folks and Snob Appeal

    • E. 

      Ad Verecumdiam

  • 13. 
    Should follow ordinary folks OR should follow sophisticated Good old brown soap gets you really clean Real education at Harvard
    • A. 

      Ad Misèricordiam

    • B. 

      Ad populum

    • C. 

      Bandwagon

    • D. 

      Plain Folks and Snob Appeal

    • E. 

      Ad Verecumdiam

  • 14. 
    Inappropriate use of authority MJ is good athlete; will be good source of info on economy
    • A. 

      Ad Misèricordiam

    • B. 

      Ad populum

    • C. 

      Bandwagon

    • D. 

      Plain Folks and Snob Appeal

    • E. 

      Ad Verecumdiam

  • 15. 
    irrelevant point or side issue that leads away from the argument Perhaps right about integration and busing, but what about the safety on the buses?
    • A. 

      Red Herring

    • B. 

      Weak Opponent

    • C. 

      Tu Quoque

    • D. 

      Oversimplification

  • 16. 
    Might be imaginary, but opponent is made of straw or invented so you can attack without fear of retaliation—no specifics Senators are no good; waste time and money
    • A. 

      Red Herring

    • B. 

      Weak Opponent

    • C. 

      Tu Quoque

    • D. 

      Oversimplification

  • 17. 
    you did it, too; guilty of the same crime Dad drank at parties, too
    • A. 

      Red Herring

    • B. 

      Weak Opponent

    • C. 

      Tu Quoque

    • D. 

      Oversimplification

  • 18. 
    Overlooks complexity in argument Students are poor writers because they watch too much TV
    • A. 

      Red Herring

    • B. 

      Weak Opponent

    • C. 

      Tu Quoque

    • D. 

      Oversimplification

  • 19. 
    Doubt—more than one meaning We had a dog for dinner; also, vague pronoun reference
    • A. 

      Amphibole

    • B. 

      Begging the Question/Circular Reasoning

    • C. 

      Equivocation

    • D. 

      Loaded Language

    • E. 

      False Analogy

  • 20. 
    not answering the question We know God exists because he made everything
    • A. 

      Amphibole

    • B. 

      Begging the Question/Circular Reasoning

    • C. 

      Equivocation

    • D. 

      Loaded Language

    • E. 

      False Analogy

  • 21. 
    Quibbling over the meaning of words I didn’t steal your pen—I borrowed it
    • A. 

      Amphibole

    • B. 

      Begging the Question/Circular Reasoning

    • C. 

      Equivocation

    • D. 

      Loaded Language

    • E. 

      False Analogy

  • 22. 
    Question is pernicious—loaded to get prejudicial answer Do you still beat your wife?
    • A. 

      Amphibole

    • B. 

      Begging the Question/Circular Reasoning

    • C. 

      Equivocation

    • D. 

      Loaded Language

    • E. 

      False Analogy

  • 23. 
    Because alike in one way, alike in several FDR was a mighty engine pulling country out of desert of Great Depression
    • A. 

      Amphibole

    • B. 

      Begging the Question/Circular Reasoning

    • C. 

      Equivocation

    • D. 

      Loaded Language

    • E. 

      False Analogy

  • 24. 
    Choice between two alternative which are unpleasant Pay taxes or go to jail
    • A. 

      False Dilemma (Either/or)

    • B. 

      Non Sequitur

    • C. 

      Rationalization

    • D. 

      Reductio Ad Absurdum

    • E. 

      Slippery Slope

  • 25. 
    It does not follow—leaps Photo shows flying saucer; aliens must have visited Earth
    • A. 

      False Dilemma (Either/or)

    • B. 

      Non Sequitur

    • C. 

      Rationalization

    • D. 

      Reductio Ad Absurdum

    • E. 

      Slippery Slope

  • 26. 
    Excuse or self-serving explanation Senate passed tax bill, but knew President would veto
    • A. 

      False Dilemma (Either/or)

    • B. 

      Non Sequitur

    • C. 

      Rationalization

    • D. 

      Reductio Ad Absurdum

    • E. 

      Slippery Slope

  • 27. 
    Reduce to an absurdity One pill is good, two will be better
    • A. 

      False Dilemma (Either/or)

    • B. 

      Non Sequitur

    • C. 

      Rationalization

    • D. 

      Reductio Ad Absurdum

    • E. 

      Slippery Slope

  • 28. 
    Assumption that one thing leads to another, especially is one step is forbidden One cigarette will lead youth to addiction
    • A. 

      False Dilemma (Either/or)

    • B. 

      Non Sequitur

    • C. 

      Rationalization

    • D. 

      Reductio Ad Absurdum

    • E. 

      Slippery Slope