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Philosophy 103: Introduction to Logic 
Quiz: Fallacies of Relevance, Part I

Directions:  Identify the fallacies of relevance in each of the following passages.

1. Smith's argument concerning the Democratic President's abilities can't be any good, because it is well known that Smith has been a Republican for many years.

ad ignorantiam
ad verecundiam
ad hominem
ad populum
ad misericordiam
ad baculum

2. But professor, I just have to get a B in this course or I will lose my scholarship, so you will have to give me just this one break.

ad ignorantiam
ad verecundiam
ad hominem
ad populum
ad misericordiam
ad baculum

3. Members of the committee, you have before you our new hiring procedures. All persons opposed to our new policies please signify by saying "I resign."

ad ignorantiam
ad verecundiam
ad hominem
ad populum
ad misericordiam
ad baculum

4. Mr. Jones has clearly and concisely given his opinion concerning nuclear reactors. But, let me remind you that we could hardly expect him to say anything else because he has worked in the nuclear power industry for forty years.

ad ignorantiam
ad verecundiam
ad hominem
ad populum
ad misericordiam
ad baculum

5. Ms. Chairperson, everyone is having difficulty in completing the proposal. We've been working very hard, but since everyone thinks it's too much, that in itself should imply that we deserve more time to finish it.

ad ignorantiam
ad verecundiam
ad hominem
ad populum
ad misericordiam
ad baculum

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