Appeal to Authority

Technical Writing
October 22, 2020
Film Essay
October 22, 2020

Appeal to Authority

Non-Sequitur

Ad Hominem

Appeal to Authority

Bandwagon

Begging the Question

False Dichotomy

Hasty Generalization

Red Herring

Emotionalism (Appeal to Emotions)

For each example, please identify the fallacy and explain your thinking.

1. “Either we ban boxing or hundreds of young men will be senselessly killed.”

Fallacy: ___________________

Why do you say this: ________________________________________________________________________

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2. Power lines cause cancer. I met a little boy with cancer who lived just 20 miles from a power line who looked into my eyes and said, in his weak voice, “Please do whatever you can so that other kids won’t have to go through what I am going through.” I urge you to vote for this bill to tear down all power lines and replace them with monkeys on treadmills.

Fallacy: ___________________

Why do you say this: ________________________________________________________________________

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3. “I know your car isn’t working right. But, if you had gone to the store one day earlier, you’d not be having problems.”

Fallacy: ___________________

Why do you say this: ________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________________________

4. “Even though it’s only the first day, I can tell this is going to be a boring course.”

Fallacy: ___________________

Why do you say this: ________________________________________________________________________

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5. Oprah Winfrey says that is it bad to eat after 6PM. As such, we our family will not have dinner, or snack after 6PM

Fallacy: ___________________

Why do you say this: ________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________________________

#6

Fallacy: ___________________

Why do you say this: __________________________________________________________________

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7. “Prime Minister Trudeau was a well-read man because he was an intellectual.”

Fallacy: ___________________

Why do you say this: ________________________________________________________________________

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8. “Sam Smith divorced his loving wife of ten years. How could he be qualified to be mayor?”

Fallacy: ___________________

Why do you say this: ________________________________________________________________________

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9. If those protesters really loved their country, they wouldn’t question the government.

Fallacy: ___________________

Why do you say this: ________________________________________________________________________

ANSWERS:

1. False Dichotomy

2. Appeal to Emotion

3. Red Herring

4. Hasty Generalization

5. Appeal to Authority

6. Bandwagon

7. Begging the Question

8. Ad Hominem

9. Non-Sequitur

 
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