Logical Fallacies in The Crucible


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What is a logical fallacy?

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1. Which type of logical fallacy involves jumping to conclusions with limited evidence?

2. What type of logical fallacy occurs when Goody Putnam comments on Reverend Hale's expertise because he found a witch last year in The Crucible?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet hones in on the subject of logical fallacies with particular attention to their presence in The Crucible. You'll be tested on the different forms of fallacies as they apply to specific plot points of the play.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Students using this quiz/worksheet will be posed questions on the following:

  • The definition of logical fallacy
  • The form of logical fallacy that involves making conclusions with little evidence
  • The logical fallacy exemplified by Goody Putnam considering Reverend Hale an expert because he found a witch the previous year
  • The fallacy of Goody believing Ruth's silence is due only to 'some power of darkness'
  • An example of a false dilemma fallacy in the play

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you've drawn important details from the lesson on examples of fallacies within The Crucible
  • Distinguishing differences - verify that you can differentiate between the different types of fallacies discussed in the lesson
  • Defining key concepts - make sure you can accurately define the term logical fallacy

Additional Learning

To further examine the role of logical fallacies in the play, you can review the corresponding lesson titled Logical Fallacies in The Crucible. This lesson consists of the following objectives:

  • Connect logical fallacies to hysteria
  • Describe the fallacy of begging the question
  • Understand how logical fallacies drive the plot of The Crucible