Practice Recognizing Logical Thesis Statements

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Practice Recognizing Logical Thesis Statements

Pratice recognizing logical thesis statements and logical fallacies.


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  • 1. 
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 2. 
    Claim: If a woman chooses not to have children, then she is not fulfilled in life.    Contra-Postivie:  If a woman is fulfilled in life, she will choose to have children.    Question: Is this a logical claim? 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 3. 
    Is the following claim valid or invalid?   You must be the criminal. I’m sure of this, because you walk with a slight limp. We all know that the criminal walks with a slight limp.
    • A. 

      Invalid

    • B. 

      Valid

    • C. 

      Not Sure

  • 4. 
    Is the following claim valid or invalid?  All who use Macintosh computers are irresponsible artistic rebels.No one who uses a Macintosh computer likes IBM computers. All who like IBM computers are unthinking conformists. Therefore, no irresponsible artistic rebels are unthinking conformists.
    • A. 

      Valid

    • B. 

      Invalid

    • C. 

      Not Sure

  • 5. 
    What is the following statement an example of?  If all gun crimes are committed by criminals, then only criminals commit gun crimes. 
    • A. 

      Circular Logic

    • B. 

      Red Herring

    • C. 

      Ad Hominem Attack

  • 6. 
    What is the following claim an example of?  This year was the worse drought on record, Arkansas is clearly turning into a desert before our very eyes! 
    • A. 

      Hasty Generalization

    • B. 

      Non Sequitur

    • C. 

      Oversimplification

  • 7. 
    What is the following claim an example of?   Either we ban all assault weapons now, or we will all be in immediate danger of being killed by a mass shooter.   
    • A. 

      Either/Or thinking

    • B. 

      Slipper Slope

    • C. 

      Post Hoc Fallacy

  • 8. 
    Is this claim valid or invalid?  All college stduents are lazy and don't really care about the expensive education they are getting. 
    • A. 

      Valid

    • B. 

      Invalid

    • C. 

      I don't know

  • 9. 
    Is this claim valid or invalid?   Democrats won't be satisfied until every man, woman, and child pays 75% of their income in taxes.   
    • A. 

      Valid

    • B. 

      Invalid

    • C. 

      I don't know

  • 10. 
    Is this claim valid or invalid:  Everyone who is against the war in Afganistan is immoral.  People who attend anti-war rallies are un-American at best, and at worst, they are committing treason. 
    • A. 

      Valid

    • B. 

      Invalid

    • C. 

      I don't know

  • 11. 
    Is the following claim valid or invalid?    There have been very few instances of voter fraud in the United States.  Those states that are agressively looking for Voter Fraud are chasing something that doesn't really exist.  This may be evidence that some parts of the Republication power-structure in those states is under a concerted effort to supress votes among minorities and the disenfranchised. 
    • A. 

      Valid

    • B. 

      Invalid

    • C. 

      I don't know