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Material Fallacy Quiz #1

Robert Harris
Version Date: June 15, 2000

Choose the single best answer in each case.

1. Aromatique—The fragrance that sets you apart.

a. ad populum
b. ad hominem
c. post hoc
d. individualism
e. misplaced authority

2. Every sentence ever written or spoken is ultimately without meaning, because it self-deconstructs into a mush of contradictions and evasions.

a. false dilemma
b. self refutation
c. accent
d. ignorance
e. vicious abstraction

3. Yes, we have six coffee grinders here, but most people buy this one.

a. ad populum
b. ad hominem
c. post hoc
d. individualism
e. misplaced authority

4. Are you going to vote for the new organization plan, or are you going to let the company drift along without any sense of direction or purpose?

a. false dilemma
b. self refutation
c. accent
d. ignorance
e. vicious abstraction

5. Why are you even looking at that proposal for refurbishing the basement? I mean, that plan comes from the dorks in the mailroom. Duh!

a. ad hominem
b. pity
c. accident
d. prestige
e. ignorance

6. I think we should buy half a dozen new companies for our conglomerate. Companies are like sticks: buy several of them and you have a strong, unbreakable bundle.

a. vicious abstraction
b. false analogy
c. missing range
d. amphibology
e. division

7. What will happen if a person who cannot move walks through a door that cannot open?

a. contrary to fact error
b. reductive assertion
c. unacceptable enthymeme
d. contradictory premises
e. compound questions

8. When we work on a project together, why do you always mess it up?

a. false dilemma
b. compound questions
c. vicious abstraction
d. accent
e. ignorance

9. If Fred spoke honestly, he would tell you that this is a good plan. But since he has criticized the plan, he is obviously not speaking honestly to you.

a. composition
b. begging the question
c. hypostatization
d. ad populum
e. transference

10. "As your doctor, I advise you to get some exercise to improve your health." "You should talk, you lazy bones. I'll bet you haven't jogged a yard in ten years. If you can sit around all day, so can I."

a. post hoc
b. prestige
c. tu quoque
d. ad populum
e. vicious abstraction


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