Logical Fallacies

Logical Fallacies

Directions: Identify which logical fallacy best corresponds to the examples below (Note: Answers may be used more than once.





• Equivocation

• Straw Man

• False Dichotomy

• Ad Hominem

• Appeal to Ignorance

• Ad Populum

• Dicto Simpliciter

• Appeal to Pity

• Red Herring

• Appeal to Authority

• Slippery Slope

• Non Sequitur

• Begging the Question

• Missing the Point

• Conflicting Conditions

• Hasty Generalization

• Post Hoc

• False Analogy

• Weak Analogy


1. Supreme Court Justice Byron White was an All-American football player while in college, so how can you say that athletes are dumb?

2. Plagiarism is deceitful because it is dishonest.

3. You support capital punishment just because you want an “eye for an eye,” but I have several good reasons to believe that capital punishment is fundamentally wrong…

4. We have to stop the tuition increase! The next thing you know, they’ll be charging $40,000 a semester!

5. Water fluoridation affects the brain. Citywide, student’s test scores began to drop five months after fluoridation began.

6. It is ridiculous to have spent thousands of dollars to rescue those two whales trapped in the Arctic ice. Why look at all the people trapped in jobs they don’t like.

7. I weigh more than 20 pounds. Therefore, I am in Rome right now.

8. Why should we put people on trial when we know they are guilty?

9. The meteorologist predicted the wrong amount of rain for May. Obviously, the meteorologist is unreliable.

10. You know Jane Fonda’s exercise video’s must be worth the money. Look at the great shape she’s in.

11. The aluminum window blinds in my living room and the ones in my kitchen are the same color and type, and were both made by the same manufacturer, purchased at the same time, and in the same store. The window blinds in my living room are starting to rust. Therefore, the window blinds in my kitchen will probably start to rust as well.

12. Look, you are going to have to make up your mind. Either you decide that you can afford this stereo, or you decide you are going to do without music for a while.

13. Crimes of theft and robbery have been increasing at an alarming rate lately. The conclusion is obvious, we must reinstate the death penalty immediately.

14. I’m not a doctor, but I play one on the hit series ”Hero’s of the OR.” You can take it from me that when you need a fast acting, effective and safe pain killer there is nothing better than MorphiDope 2000. That is my considered medical opinion.

15. “No one has proven that the Loch Ness monster exists, therefore the Loch Ness monster does not exist.” (OR) “No one has proven that the Loch Ness monster does not exist, therefore the Loch Ness monster does exist.”

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