Ad Hominem Fallacy: Definition & Examples


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What is the definition of a fallacy?

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1. 'Ad hominem' is Latin for what?

2. What is one reason that we should avoid making ad hominem fallacies in our writing or speaking?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet will help you identify 'ad hominem' fallacies that occur during logical debates. Read through to learn about the types of 'ad hominem' attacks and how to avoid the fallacy yourself.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable quiz and worksheet to review:

  • The definition of 'ad hominem' fallacy
  • Why such arguments are not logical and sound foolish
  • How to respond in debates to avoid 'ad hominem' attacks

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you retain the most important information about the use of personal attacks during logical debates
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as 'ad hominem' and logical fallacy
  • Making connections - use your knowledge of 'ad hominem' fallacies to understand how to identify and avoid them in arguments

Additional Learning

To find out more about this topic, read over the lesson on 'ad hominem' fallacies. The following objectives are covered in the lesson:

  • Examine the different layers of logical arguments.
  • Learn why people resort to 'ad hominem' attacks during logical debates.
  • Discover how to dissect an argument and respond logically.