Logical Fallacy Practice 4

1.      The headline read “Toddler Shots Mom Dead”; in response, one reader wrote, “This is a typical Florida thing. Like the teens ambushing the other teen, Caylee, molesters burying kid bodies outside their trailer, the little girl snatched outside the car wash, etc..., it just goes on and on.” (CNN Headline News, April 27, 2011)


a. hasty generalization
b. circular reasoning
c. false alternatives
d. no error


2.      Either the government should give all gun owners an IQ test, or we will have more shootings of parents by toddlers.


a. hasty generalization
b. circular reasoning
c. false alternatives
d. careless comparison


3.      The father should not be charged with negligence in the toddler-mom shooting case.  If we charge a father for a death caused by his 2-year-old, then pretty soon we will be charging fathers for accidents caused by their licensed teenage children. Where will it stop!  Eventually, fathers will have no rights at all!


a. hasty generalization
b. circular reasoning
c. slippery slope
d. no error


4.      Taking a gun away from a toddler is just like taking a paint brush away from a 2-year-old.  Doing so in both cases can be disastrous.


a. hasty generalization
b. circular reasoning
c. false alternatives
d. careless comparison


5.      The father had to be really stupid gun’s rights fanatic to leave a loaded gun where a toddler could find it.


a. hasty generalization
b. circular reasoning
c. personal attack
d. careless comparison


6.      The father should not be jailed for negligence.  If the father is put in jail, then the toddler will end up in a foster home—and not just one home.  He will be moved from foster home to foster home. Then, when he turns 18 and hasn't been adopted by a loving family, he will commit some crimes of his own and get locked up alongside his father.


a. hasty generalization
b. slippery slope
c. circular reasoning
d. no error


7.      More gun control laws are not necessary since there are more than enough gun laws as is.

 

a. hasty generalization

b. slippery slope

c. circular reasoning

d. false alternative
e. irrelevant reasoning

 

8.      Bullets are a lot like gasoline. Without gas, our cars would not function; without bullets, neither would guns. Just as gas does not cause drunk driving, bullets don’t cause crime.

a. hasty generalization
b. circular reasoning
c. false alternatives
d. careless comparison


9.      This country does not need any additional gun control laws. After all, 63,241 people died from pneumonia in 2003 and heart disease killed 901,753.


a. hasty generalization
b. circular reasoning
c. personal attack
d. irrelevant reasoning


10.  Either with arm mothers with guns, or toddlers will keep shooting them.


a. hasty generalization
b. circular reasoning
c. false alternatives
d. slippery slope

 

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