An Easy Way to Lose an Argument: Fallacious Fallacies Quiz
Fallacies make your arguments weak, and learning to avoid these reasoning failures can make you a better speaker and give you the edge over friends and family when it comes to winning a debate. Take our quiz to test your knowledge of fallacies forthright and subtle.
The tu quoque fallacy is also known by this name.
Which of these is an example of tu quoque?
a drug addict who encourages drug use
a drug addict who hides his drug use
a drug addict who tells you to avoid drugs
Stealing someone's lunch because she stole yours is an example of this fallacy.
What does "ad hominem" mean?
by the book
to the person
What is another name for ad baculum?
If you fall down the stairs, you're out of shape. You're out of shape, so you're going to fall down the stairs. This is an example of …
denying the consequence
affirming the consequent
affirming the antecedent
My mom smokes a pack a day, and she's super healthy. This is an example of …
Which of these is an appeal to authority?
There are aliens because NASA says so.
There are aliens because you can't prove they don’t exist.
There are aliens because my dad says so.
Line-drawing occurs when an argument has this quality.
If Hillary Clinton responds to questions about her email security with pictures of her grandchildren, she is …
avoiding the issue
begging the question
What is ad crumenam an appeal to?
What is a fallacy called that assigns human qualities to inanimate objects?
Buying a Lexus because that's the car you've always bought before is an example of …
appeal to odds
appeal to traditional wisdom
An issue that distracts from a relevant argument goes by this color.
What is ad novitatem also known as?
appeal to novelty
Which of these is NOT another name for a false dilemma?
"Windshield wipers cause car accidents" is an example of this fallacy.
What is another name for an ad populum fallacy?
appeal to money
appeal to emotion
appeal to the people
Arguing that a whole takes on the qualities of its parts is an example of this fallacy.
Which is an example of the composition fallacy?
I have two of these, so both must be the same.
These bricks are cheap, so the entire brick wall must be cheap to build.
This wall is strong, so each brick must be strong.
Which of these is the opposite of composition fallacy?
What fallacy is nicknamed the "Disney fallacy"?
Which of these is an example of anthropomorphism?
My dog knows I love him because he runs to greet me.
Nature is cruel.
This copier hates me because it keeps jamming.
Which of these fallacies involves switching the meaning of a term midargument?
Believing a certain number is "due" in the lottery is an example of this fallacy.
law of independent trials
Speaking of the universe or nature in concrete terms is an example of this fallacy.
Believing that a small typo negates an entire written argument is an example of this fallacy.
avoiding the issue
appeal to authority
Nostradamus believers are guilty of this fallacy.
Claiming you're not cheap because you bought a round of drinks that one time is an example of this fallacy.
"The devil made me do it" is an example of this fallacy.