PHL 320 Week 2 Rhetorical Strategies and Fallacies Worksheet

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PHL 320 Week 2 Rhetorical Strategies and Fallacies Worksheet

Purpose of Assignment 

For this assignment, the student will identify the rhetorical strategies and fallacies on the worksheet.

Assignment Steps 

Review the “Rhetorical Strategies and Fallacies” section in Chapters 5 & 6 of Critical Thinking. 

Complete the Rhetorical Strategies and Fallacies Worksheet.

Click the Assignment Files tab to submit your assignment.

Rhetorical Strategies and Fallacies Worksheet


The following are some common rhetorical strategies:





Innuendo: a leading suggestion





Stereotype: generalized statements relating to a group of people


Loaded questions: questions based on unjustified assumptions


Hyperbole: an extreme exaggeration



Identify the rhetorical strategy in each of the following statements.





I did not say the meat was tough. I said I did not see the horse that is usually outside (W. C. Fields). _________________






Have you stopped beating your wife? _____________






The Maserati is the best car in the world! _________________






All men love football; all women love the ballet. ______________



The following are some common rhetorical fallacies:





Slippery slope: If A happens, then B–Z will follow. Therefore, to prevent B–Z from happening, do not allow A to occur.


Hasty generalization: rushing to form a conclusion based on assumptions; not based on clear evidence


Post hoc ergo propter hoc: If A occurs after B, then B caused A.


Either/or: looking at a situation from only two sides, or oversimplifying the situation


Ad hominem: attacking the person rather than attacking the argument


Red herring or smoke screen: introducing an unrelated topic as a diversionary tactic



Identify the rhetorical fallacy in each of the following statements.





We can either stop using plastic, or destroy the Earth ______________






I ate tuna for lunch and now I do not feel well, so the tuna made me ill. ___________






If you enjoy a social drink, it could lead to you becoming an alcoholic, so you probably should never drink. __________






Even though this is the first week of class, I can tell this is going to be a very easy course. ______________






We know that smoking can affect your health, but how else will tobacco farmers earn a living? ______________






As the candidate for mayor, he has some good ideas, but we know that all politicians are dishonest.___________ 
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