Assessment Report on 2017 NCEA English examinations

Ad Hominem

Ad Hominem – Bowen and Sam Definition: An ad hominem argument is one that is used to counter another argument, but it is based on feelings of prejudice (often irrelevant to the argument), rather than

Bandwagon fallacy

Bandwagon – by Kenzie and Claudia Definition: Bandwagon is a fallacy based on the assumption that the opinion of the majority is always valid: that is, everyone believes it, so you should too. It is

False Dilemma

By Ciara and Jess Definition: A false dilemma is a type of logical fallacy that claims that an event or situation fits into an ‘either/or’ category when in reality there is at least one more

Anecdotal fallacy

By Kimmi and Mikaela Definition: Anecdotal evidence is evidence collected in a casual or informal manner and relying heavily or entirely on personal testimony A common way anecdotal evidence becomes unscientific is through fallacious reasoning

Ambiguity fallacy

Ambiguity – by Kiky and Alyssa Poorly defined phrases that can often mean two different things. When an unclear phrase with multiple definitions is used within the argument; therefore, does not support the conclusion.  Some

Strawman Fallacy

Straw Man Logical Fallacy – Greer and Simone Straw man occurs when someone argues that a person holds a view that is actually not what the other person believes. Instead, it is a distorted version

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