The Making of Arguments eBook

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4.  Find an argument, not in this book, in which the definitions of terms occupy some space.

5.  In the argument on which you are working, what terms need definition?  How much space should the definitions occupy in the completed argument?  Why?

6.  In the argument on which you are working, how much of the material in the introduction to the brief shall you use in the argument itself?  Does the audience you have in mind affect the decision?

7.  How do you intend to distribute your space between the main issues you will argue out?

8.  How much will explanation enter into your argument?

9.  Find an argument, not in this book, in which the explanation chiefly makes the convincing power.

10.  In which of the arguments in this book does explanation play the smallest part?

11.  Examine five consecutive paragraphs in Huxley’s argument on evolution, or The Outlook argument on the Workman’s Compensation Act, from the point of view of good explanation.

12.  Find two examples of arguments, not in this book, whose chief appeal is to the feelings.

13.  Find an argument, not in this book, which is a good illustration of the power of tact.

14.  Name an argument which you have read within a few months which made a special impression on you by its clearness.

15.  Find an argument in the daily papers, on local or academic affairs, which makes effective appeal to the practical interests of its audience.  Analyze this appeal.

16.  Name three subjects of local and immediate interest on which you could write an argument in which you would appeal chiefly to the practical interests of your readers.

17.  Name two current political questions which turn on the practical interests of the country at large.

18.  Name two public questions now under discussion into which moral issues enter.  Do both sides on these questions accept the same view of the bearing of the moral issues?

19.  Find an argument, not in this book, in which the eloquence of the style is a distinct part of the persuasive power.

20.  What do you think of the persuasive power of Burke’s speech “On Conciliation with America”? of its convincing power?

21.  Find an argument, not in this book, in which the concreteness of the language adds to the persuasive power.

22.  Find two examples, not in this book, of apt and effective figures of speech in an argument.

23.  Find an example of an apt anecdote or fable used in an argument.

24.  In Lincoln’s address at Cooper Institute, what do you think of his attitude towards the South as respects fairness?

25.  In the argument on which you are at work, what chance would there be of inducing agreement between the two sides?

CHAPTER V

DEBATING

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