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3 Multiple Choice Questions

  1. Consists of an oversimplification of an opponent's argument to make easier to attack.

    Example: Students who want to eliminate the school uniform are exhibitionists who want to show off bare midriffs.
  2. Does not allow for discussion because the speaker presumes that his or her beliefs are beyond question; essentially, the "logic" runs thusly: I'm correct because I'm correct.

    Example: We are members of the Wombat Party and, as such, know that we are right when we assert that Wombats are the best
  3. Encourages the listener to agree with a position because everyone else does

    Example: It's time for our county to repeal the ban on strip mining -- every other county in the state has already done so!

3 True/False Questions

  1. Faulty AnalogyAn illogical, misleading comparison between two things.

    Example: Why should we invade that country? Let me explain it to you like this. What if you looked out the window and saw a 20-dollar bill in the street? Wouldn't you go outside and take it?

          

  2. Scare TacticsUsed to frighten readers or listeners into agreeing with the speaker; often, when scare tactics are used, the speaker has no logical argument on which to fall back

    Example: "My opponent talks about the need to explore stem cell research, but this would bring about an end to ethical uses of technology, and, before long, scientists will be creating superraces -- the Nazi dream of an Aryan Nation will ensue!"

          

  3. Faulty CasualityAn illogical, misleading comparison between two things.

    Example: Why should we invade that country? Let me explain it to you like this. What if you looked out the window and saw a 20-dollar bill in the street? Wouldn't you go outside and take it?

          

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