Name that Fallacy!

What poet wrote mysterious, spooky poems?

Who was Edgar Allan Poe.


Who wrote Call of the Wild?

Who was Jack London.


A word to describe someone who helps a criminal commit a crime. 

a.  accomplice.  b.  gourmand.   c.  tempest

What is an accomplice. 

"He was evidently suspected; somehow or other the Frenchman had found out that he was a detective. But had he told his master? What part was he playing in all this: was he an accomplice or not?"

-Mr. Fix, Chapter 17


Name that Fallacy!

The newspaper editor homeschools his children. So, any claims he makes about the public school system are biased and untrue.

What is Genetic Fallacy

A genetic fallacy occurs when a claim is accepted as true or false based on the origin or beginnings of the claim. So, instead of looking at the actual merits of the claim, it is judged based on where it began, how it began, or who began it.


This fallacy dismisses someone's viewpoint on an issue because they are inconsistent in that very thing. 

What is Tu Quoque "You too".


What poet wrote a famous Christmas song?

Who was Christina Rossetti 

(In the Bleak Midwinter)


Who wrote Around the World in 80 Days? 

Who was Jules Verne. 


A word to describe joking, good-natured teasing. 

a.  raillery    b.  antipode.    c.  raillery

What is raillery. 

"Listen to me," said Fix abruptly. "I am not, as you think, an agent of the members of the Reform Club—"

"Bah!" retorted Passepartout, with an air of raillery."

-Passepartout, Chapter 19

antipode- a place that is on the opposite side of the world

chagrin - feeling upset or embarrassed


Name that fallacy!

If actor Paul Newman thinks organic foods are more nutritious than chemically saturated foods, shouldn't you too? 

What is Faulty Appeal to Authority. 

An appeal to someone who has no knowledge in the area being discussed. 


This fallacy changes the meaning of the word in the middle of an argument. 

What is equivocation.


Which Shakespeare play did the following quote come from:

“Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorry

That I shall say good night till it be morrow.”

What is Romeo and Juliet.


Who said that? 

“Why, you are a man of heart!”

Who is Passepartout.


A word related to the sport of boxing. 

a.  saki.   b.  importunate.    c.  pugilistic

What is pugilistic. 

"On that very day, however, he (Mr. Fix) met Passepartout face to face on the forward deck. The latter, without a word, made a rush for him, grasped him by the throat, and, much to the amusement of a group of Americans, who immediately began to bet on him, administered to the detective a perfect volley of blows, which proved the great superiority of French over English pugilistic skill."

-Chapter 24

saki - a strong alcoholic drink that is popular in Japan

importunate - continuing to bother and pester someone


Name that fallacy!

Of course doing drugs is illegal, it’s against the law!

What is Circular Reasoning.

When someone tries to support his argument by restating his original argument in different words.


Name that Fallacy!

"Have you admitted that evolution is not supported by evidence?"

What is a Loaded Question. 

This question contains in it the assumption that evolution is not supported by the evidence, so answering either 'yes' or 'no' to that question could still be taken to imply that evolution is unsupported.


Which of the following poems was NOT written by Robert Frost?

The Road Not Taken

Stopped by the Woods on a Snowy Evening

Good Friday

Nothing Gold Can Stay

What is Good Friday.


What was the name of the first steamer that Mr. Fogg traveled on from Suez to India? 

What is the Mongolia


A word that means giving or indicating a good chance of success; favorable.

a.  propitious.   b.  alacrity.    c.  ford

What is propitious. 

"After going about two hundred miles, the travelers, at last, found themselves on one of those vast plains which extend to the Atlantic, and which nature has made so propitious for laying the iron road."

-Chapter 28

alacrity - eagerness, readiness, willingness to do something

ford - a place in the river where the water level is low


Name that fallacy!

It looks as if more people vacation in Florida than in any other place. It must be the nicest place in America to visit. 

What is Appeal to the People. 

When we claim that our viewpoint is correct because many other people agree with it, we are committing the appeal to the people fallacy. 


Name that Fallacy!

"Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, and hate leads to suffering. I sense much fear in you."

From The Phantom Menace

What is a Slippery Slope. 

This is a classic example of a slippery slope that actually came true:

  • Anakin’s fear of losing his mother, and others he cared about, did lead to fits of rage.
  • This led to hate for the Jedi Council and other institutions that held him back.
  • With the rise of Darth Vader came incredible suffering all across the galaxy.

What poet combined art with his poetry?

Who was William Blake.


From what point of view is Around the World in 80 days written?

What is Third- person omniscient.

The third-person omniscient point of view is a method of storytelling in which the narrator knows the thoughts and feelings of all of the characters in the story.


A word meaning to be very concerned with accuracy and details. 

a. pecuniary.    b. fastidious.    c.  loquacious

What is fastidious. 

"How was it that a man so exact and fastidious could have made this error of a day?"

-Chapter 37

pecuniary - relating to or consisting of money.

loquacious - a person who likes to talk a lot


Name that Fallacy!

Parent: Your curfew is at 10 pm tonight.

Teenager: But the party doesn't even start until 9:00.

Parent: It's a school night, so you need to be home by 10:00.

Teenager: You just want me to be unpopular! You don't care about my happiness!

What is a Strawman Fallacy.

This fallacy changes or exaggerates an opponent's position to make it easier to refute. 


Name that fallacy!

People are made out of atoms.
People are visible.
Therefore, atoms are visible.

What is Whole-to-Part or Fallacy of Division.

When someone says that what is true of something as a whole must also be true of each of its parts, then this person is using the whole-to-part fallacy.

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