University of Phoenix Material Rhetorical Strategies and Fallacies Workshee

University of Phoenix Material

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.

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

2. Have
you stopped beating your wife? _____________

3. The
Maserati is the best car in the world! _________________

4. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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