8.1 Quiz Critical Thinking By Example


1. A car is a four wheel vehicle. This definition is

a) too wide.
b) too narrow.
c) too wide and too narrow.
d) neither too wide nor too narrow.
2. “God exists because the Bible tells us so. The Bible is the word of God, and obviously God would not lie.” The best evaluation of this argument is

a) it commits the fallacy of vaguess.
b) it commits the fallacy of persuasive definition.
c) it commmits the fallacy of begging the question.
d) it commits the fallacy of false dilemma.
e) it commits the fallacy of equivocation.
3. “Celina said is not right to drink the night before the critical thinking exam. But I am over 21, so I have the right to drink.” The best evaluation of this argument is

a) it commits the fallacy of vaguess.
b) it commits the fallacy of persuasive definition.
c) it commmits the fallacy of begging the question.
d) it commits the fallacy of false dilemma.
e) it commits the fallacy of equivocation.
4. “I hear that Hector is rich, so he can easily afford to buy everyone in class a car.” The best evaluation of this argument is

a) it commits the fallacy of vaguess.
b) it commits the fallacy of persuasive definition.
c) it commmits the fallacy of begging the question.
d) it commits the fallacy of false dilemma.
e) it commits the fallacy of equivocation.
5. “Cops don’t deserve any respect. A friend of mine was walking down the street last night minding his own business and the cops beat him up for no reason. They are simply thugs with a license for a gun.” The best evaluation of this argument is

a) it commits the fallacy of vaguess.
b) it commits the fallacy of persuasive definition.
c) it commmits the fallacy of begging the question.
d) it commits the fallacy of false dilemma.
e) it commits the fallacy of equivocation.
6. “We are all environmentalists. If we weren’t environmentalists, then we would be against ourselves. We all live in some environment.” The best evaluation of this argument is

a) it commits the fallacy of vaguess.
b) it commits the fallacy of persuasive definition.
c) it commmits the fallacy of begging the question.
d) it commits the fallacy of false dilemma.
e) it commits the fallacy of equivocation.
7. “Gay marriage is wrong. I hear people say that God forbids it, but there is an even more basic reason that it is wrong. A reason that does not depend on whether you believe in God or not. The term ‘marriage’ must be understood as the union of a man and a woman.” The best evaluation of this argument is

a) it commits the fallacy of vaguess.
b) it commits the fallacy of persuasive definition.
c) it commmits the fallacy of begging the question.
d) it commits the fallacy of false dilemma.
e) it commits the fallacy of equivocation.
8. “Christopher Columbus was the first European to discover North America. Some evidence for this is the fact that when he went back to Europe his discovery was big news. Some people claim that the Vikings made it to North America before Columbus, but they are wrong because North America was discovered in 1492.” The best evaluation of this argument is

a) it commits the fallacy of vaguess.
b) it commits the fallacy of persuasive definition.
c) it commmits the fallacy of begging the question.
d) it commits the fallacy of false dilemma.
e) it commits the fallacy of equivocation.
9. “Some people, like communists, want to abolish all private property. But this is ridiculous. Then there would be no distinction between my stuff and your stuff.” The best evaluation of this argument is

a) it commits the fallacy of vaguess.
b) it commits the fallacy of persuasive definition.
c) it commmits the fallacy of begging the question.
d) it commits the fallacy of false dilemma.
e) it commits the fallacy of equivocation.
10. “Clearly the Mayor is part of some cover up. We asked him to his face if he knew who cut down the trees in the park and he said he did not know.” The best evaluation of this argument is

a) it commits the fallacy of vaguess.
b) it commits the fallacy of persuasive definition.
c) it commmits the fallacy of begging the question.
d) it commits the fallacy of false dilemma.
e) it commits the fallacy of equivocation.
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