•           Question 1

2 out of 2 points

            Vioxx, Celebrex, and Bextra are painkillers, and all of them are risky for heart patients. It must be the case that all painkillers are risky for heart patients.                           

•           Question 2

2 out of 2 points

            Radio host Rush Limbaugh argues that America’s foreign policy is a great success. But who is this screwball Limbaugh? He’s nothing but a fascist, sexist, homophobic, drug-addicted moron, who will say anything to stir up the ultra right. Every sane person shuts him off.                         

•           Question 3

2 out of 2 points

            Every component in this boat is made of rust-proof material. Therefore, the entire boat is rust-proof.                                   

•           Question 4

2 out of 2 points

            Either you buy me a new Rolls Royce or I’ll have to walk to work in the snow. And I’m sure you don’t want me to do that.                            

•           Question 5

2 out of 2 points

            Either Thomas Edison or Samuel F. B. Morse invented the telegraph. But it wasn’t Edison. Therefore, Morse invented the telegraph.                       

•           Question 6

2 out of 2 points

            Nobody has ever seen Mr. Albie walk without crutches. We conclude that Mr. Albie needs crutches to walk.                          

•           Question 7

2 out of 2 points

            Floyd Conway has given us his reasons for unrestricted logging in our national forests. But it’s obvious why he says these things. Floyd is a lumberjack, and he just wants to ensure that he’ll have a job in the years ahead.                         

•           Question 8

2 out of 2 points

            During the five years that Clarence has worn a Rolex watch, three of his married friends have gotten a divorce. Thus, to prevent any more divorces, it is essential that he stop wearing that watch.                                  

•           Question 9

2 out of 2 points

            Tom is a bit of a dunce when it comes to mathematics, and he hasn’t studied a bit for the next test. Therefore, he probably won’t do very well on that test.                                

•           Question 10

2 out of 2 points

            The idea that fast food is unhealthy is a lot of hooey. Why, 90% of America eats fast food.                                 

•           Question 11

2 out of 2 points

            We know for certain that no armadillos are aardvarks. It is therefore equally certain that no aardvarks are armadillos.                        

•           Question 12

2 out of 2 points

            This brick made of 24 caret gold has been sliced into 50 pieces. Therefore, each of the pieces must be 24 caret gold.                         

•           Question 13

2 out of 2 points

            Movie star Marci Downs says in magazine ads that the new Porsche XKG is the sexiest car on the road. But you shouldn’t take what she says too seriously because she’s paid thousands of dollars to make these ads.                             

•           Question 14

2 out of 2 points

            Either you buy me a new Rolex watch, or I’ll be late for all my meetings. I’m sure you don’t want me to be late, so you’ll buy me the Rolex. How about that one with diamonds in it?                                

•           Question 15

2 out of 2 points

            Dr. Williams cheated Medicare by exaggerating expenses, and Dr. Fox cheated by submitting fees for nonexistent patients. Dr. Harris defrauded a dozen insurance companies by requiring unneeded lab tests. The apparent conclusion is that all doctors cheat.

•           Question 16

2 out of 2 points

            My dear, you shouldn’t hesitate a minute before buying a new mink coat. Real fur is in right now, and a full mink is the ultimate in fashion. It tells the whole world that you have exquisite taste and the wherewithal to express it.                              

•           Question 17

2 out of 2 points

            Every ingredient in this new drink concoction is highly alcoholic. Therefore, the drink is highly alcoholic.                                

•           Question 18

2 out of 2 points

            Renee Richards argues in favor of reducing the patient load of our nurses. But it’s obvious why she says this. Renee is a nurse herself, so of course she wants a reduced patient load. Nobody should pay too much attention to her pleas.                           

•           Question 19

2 out of 2 points

            Former President Bush argued in favor of privatizing Social Security. But just look at the man. He can’t even pronounce half the words in the English language, he’s a notorious liar, and his face looks like it came off the cover of MAD Magazine. Bush’s arguments are pure trash.                            

•           Question 20

2 out of 2 points

            A few days after Margi joined the Democratic Party she got pregnant and lost her job. Therefore, it’s important that you never join up with the Democrats.                                  

•           Question 21

2 out of 2 points

            Professor Wilson argues that it is absolutely wrong for students to plagiarize their work. But who is she to talk? I have it on good evidence that Wilson plagiarized her own work when she was a student.                                  

•           Question 22

2 out of 2 points

            After returning from a two-week vacation, Robert turned the key in his usually reliable Camry, but nothing happened. Apparently the car has a dead battery.                           

•           Question 23

2 out of 2 points

            The fallacy in which the arguer misinterprets an opponent’s argument for the purpose of more easily attacking it is:                         

•           Question 24

2 out of 2 points

            It’s never a good idea to allow your teenage kids to have a sip of champagne on New Year’s Eve.  Next thing you know they’ll be drinking beer during TV football games.  Then it’ll be wine every night at dinner.  Then bloody Mary’s every morning.  Soon they’ll be raging alcoholics, and the costs for rehab will be enormous.                               

•           Question 25

2 out of 2 points

            Hugo lost an arm in a car accident last year.  But surely he will get it back.  Most lost things turn up sooner or later.

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