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6 Written questions

5 Multiple choice questions

  1. Treating complex issues as if they are very simple. Black and white type thinking.
  2. Doesn't move from a premise to a conclusion. The main assertion isn't supported; it is just repeated. (distortion)
  3. Essentially - if you don't do what I think ought to be done, then something awful will happen. (oversimplification)
  4. Just because it is a tradition it is right and good.This appeals to deep rooted emotional biases. (distortion)
  5. Drawing a conclusion - often condemning - just because he/she is associated with a group or event. (conclusion)

5 True/False questions

  1. Appeal to AuthorityBecause a popular figure, an "expert" says it's true, it must be true. Beware also of such authoritative statements "statistics show..." (distortion)


  2. Mistaking the CauseA follows B therefore A causes B. (oversimplification)


  3. Loaded ArgumentAn irrelevant comment, sometimes made deliberately to distract attention. (distortion)


  4. You prove it firstAn attempt at being logical, but conclusion needs more than the given premise(s). (distortion)


  5. Red HerringSuggesting only two alternatives, with no shades of grey. (oversimplification)


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