On Rhetoric: A Theory of Civic Discourse Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topic 1

Aristotle's life and background had a key part in the success of his writings on rhetoric.

1) Describe the time period in which Aristotle lived, his background, and his intentions when writing the book.

2) Explain Aristotle's writing style and three examples of the techniques he used.

3) Analyze the effect that Aristotle's background and writing style had on his work in On Rhetoric: A Theory of Civic Discourse.

Essay Topic 2

Define rhetoric in detail, its uses, and in which settings it would be the most effective. Include an analysis of the three modes of persuasion as well as two examples of each mode.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the three main areas of rhetoric, their applications, styles, and the specific types of points that each were effective in delivering. Also, provide a current example of each area to depict how they are being used in modern times.

Essay Topic 4

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