Activity 6 : Rhetoric

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Instructions: In class, we discussed the different types of Rhetoric (deliberative, forensic, epideictic). For this activity, you will need to refer to class notes from unit 5: Rhetoric.

(1) Define each type of rhetoric and provide an example for each (preferably not an example given in class)

Instructions: In class, we also discussed five cannons of rhetoric (invention, arrangement, style, memory, delivery). You will need to know each cannon to complete this next part.

(2) Please watch this video: Answer each of these questions with complete sentences.

  • What were the major arguments offered by the speaker? What other arguments were missing that would have made their speech better?
  • How was the speech organized?
  • What sort of style was used during the speech? What sort of words were chosen? What stylistic choices do you think were made?
  • How was the speech delivered (i.e., from memory, from notes, extemporaneously)?
  • What sort of delivery techniques (i.e., gestures, eye contact, vocal inflections, etc.) did you notice during the speech?

(3) Now it is your turn. You are tasked with giving a motivational speech in COMM 104, use the 5 cannons of rhetoric to design a speech. Make sure to be clear in your choices for each.

  • Invention:
  • Arrangement:
  • Style:
  • Memory:
  • Delivery:

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School: UC Berkeley




Rhetoric Questions



Question 1
Forensic rhetoric is a type of speech/ writing that reflects the justice or injustice of a specific
charge or allegation. In our era, forensic rhetoric which is also known as judicial is mainly
employed by lawyers in trials arbitrated by a judge or bench. For example, detectives try to
establish facts and judgments about the past at a crime scene.
Deliberative rhetoric refers to communications that are intended to persuade or discourage a
person to think or act in a certain way. Deliberative rhetoric is about the future–its goal is to
encourage people that if they do or believe something now, things will either be in their favour or
against them. These communications are widespread in political speeches, social justice
campaigns and advertisements.
Epideictic rhetoric is a type of communication we use to praise (or occasionally blame) an
individual for their accomplishments. It is all about the current–it aims to highlight and identify
the qualities and characteristics of a person or thing that make them great (or, sometimes, not
high). When we talk about epideictic rh...

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