The Straw Man Fallacy: Definition & Examples


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The general classification for an argument that attempts to divert attention away from an issue to something else is called a?

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1. When a person ignores a position on an issue and instead exaggerates, misrepresents, or creates a distorted version of that position we call this a

2. Which of the following is NOT true regarding most straw man arguments

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Some people may attempt to argue against another's position on an issue by attacking it at the extremes. These tools help you measure your conceptual understanding of these types of arguments. The quiz will present statements and ask you to pick the best straw man response to those statements.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The tools assess your knowledge of the following:

  • Phrase used when a person ignores a position on an issue and creates a distorted version it
  • Characteristics of the phrase mentioned above
  • General term used for an argument that tries to divert attention away from the issue

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to use the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the straw man fallacy
  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to determine the best straw man responses to certain statements
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding characteristics of straw man arguments and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the type of argument where a person tries to divert attention away from the issue at hand

Additional Learning

If you would like to learn more about this type of argument, study the lesson, The Straw Man Fallacy: Definition & Examples. Topics discussed in this lesson are:

  • Follow the logical form of a straw man argument
  • Explore examples of the fallacy
  • Identify the key words used to set up a straw man
  • Learn the theory of the origin of the title of this fallacy