- Answer one question from Set A and one question from Set B.
- Label the essays, e.g. A1, B2, and copy the entire question at the beginning of the essay.
- Incorporation of readings into the essay should be direct, focused, specific, and clearly linked to the discussion at hand. Use MLA citations. You may write up to three single-spaced pages for each answer.
- Upload a single file with both answers to the blog, or email it to me. If you email a file, be sure YOUR LAST NAME is part of the file name.
The relationship between the study of rhetoric and the development of virtue or an ethical sense has been debated since classical times.
- Discuss how views of this relationship have changed over time, or compare the issue across the Greek/Roman, Indian, and Chinese traditions we’ve discussed.
- Explain the classical and Enlightenment definitions of rhetoric and propose a contemporary definition. Account for differences between the three.
- In writing classes today, how might a perception that studying rhetoric will lead to virtue manifest itself in pedagogy? You may draw on your experience as a teacher and/or student, as well as our class discussion.
Looking at Western, Indian and Chinese classical rhetorics, we can see both similarities and differences.
- Is it possible to really understand the rhetorical tradition of another culture? Explain why or why not? Draw on course texts as needed for examples and arguments.
- Most of the Western rhetoricians we’ve read propose an approach to education. Based on these, how would you generalize a traditional Western approach to education?
- Define a relationship between the avenues of political expression open to a society and the development of rhetoric. Use examples from the readings to illustrate your claims about the relationship.