Understanding Fallacy: Common Fallacies


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Ad hominem is Latin for ''to the man.'' What's the significance of this expression?

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1. ''Our family has always been farmers, so we should always be farmers'' is an example of which logical fallacy?

2. Which is the fallacy where two solutions are pitted against one another, forcing the listener to choose between two options, when in reality, there are more than two options?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

There are many common fallacies used in public discourse, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you recognize them. You'll be assessed on your ability to identify and define different types of fallacies.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be tested on your understanding of the following:

  • Significance of the expression ''to the man''
  • Conditional fallacies
  • False dilemma

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related public speaking lesson
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as red herring and slippery slope
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding common fallacies

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson titled Understanding Fallacy: Common Fallacies. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn the definition of logical fallacy
  • Understand common fallacies and how they are used
  • Know vocabulary terms such as bandwagon and straw man