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Parallelism/Chiasmus: Repeat After Me

Background Here are two famous quotes that you’re probably familiar with. The first is an excerpt from Charles Dickens’ classic novel, A Tale of Two Cities, which begins with the ...

Appeal to the Stone: Endorsed by Glass Houses!

Problem Your school is running its annual activities fair. Every table is occupied by a club or sports team, ready to pitch their hobbies to anyone who might join their preferred ...

If-By-Whiskey: Same Drink, Different Glass

Introduction Do you think language affects how we view an object or situation? For example, let’s say you ask one hundred individuals randomly selected from all over America what ...

Ad Hominem Argument: Stick It To The Man!

Problem You’re watching your little cousins play, making sure they don’t get into too much trouble. Nikki, a feisty six-year-old, cries out, “The floor is lava!” and scrambles ont...

Correlation vs Causation: The Missing Link

Background Congratulations, you’ve become the newest detective on the police force. It’s a bright summer day when you get your first case. There’s been a spike in thefts down by t...

Erotema: Are You Serious Right Now?

Problem As Caroline’s reading in her room, she hears her phone vibrate. Her grandparents have a house rule of no electronics after dinner, and she should be getting ready for bed ...

Etymological Fallacy: Origin of Change

Background You’re writing a short story for a class assignment. You switch drafts with your classmate Robert and proofread each other’s work. Upon returning your pages, Robert rem...

False Dilemma: Either Love It or Fear It

Background Your friend Jamie expresses distaste for another fellow student, Alex. When you suggest that this might be the result of a simple misunderstanding, Jamie indignantly re...