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A self-help tool to aid in the study of the First Look text (started with the 9th Edition)


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Chapter 23—Dramatism

  1. Find a popular song that describes a breakup. Describe the song using the five elements of the pentad. What ratio does the singer/songwriter most emphasize? What does that reveal about the singer/songwriter’s motivation?
     
  2. Burke asserts that without identification there can be no persuasion. Explain what he means by identification and why it is so important for a persuasive speaker.
     
  3. Burke claims that guilt is an underlying motivation for all public rhetoric. First, explain what Burke means by the word “guilt.” Then, take a stand—do you agree with Burke, or not? What evidence would you use to support your position?
     
  4. Find a recent speech by a local or national politician about a controversial issue. After reading the speech closely, identify the god-term(s) and the devil-term(s). How do the words that cluster around each term define them? What does this analysis reveal about the speaker’s motivation?
     
  5. Compare and contrast Burke’s dramatism with Aristotle’s Rhetoric. Where do the theories differ? Where might they find common ground? Can you integrate the insights of both theories in a way that establishes identification and consubstantiality with adherents of both theories?

You can access the Essay Questions for a particular chapter in several ways:

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New to Theory
Resources?

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in this short
video overview
(3:01).

Essay Questions
10th Edition

A self-help tool to aid in the study of the First Look text (started with the 9th Edition)


List mode: Normal (click on theory name to show detail) | Show All details | Clear details

Chapter 23—Dramatism

  1. Find a popular song that describes a breakup. Describe the song using the five elements of the pentad. What ratio does the singer/songwriter most emphasize? What does that reveal about the singer/songwriter’s motivation?
     
  2. Burke asserts that without identification there can be no persuasion. Explain what he means by identification and why it is so important for a persuasive speaker.
     
  3. Burke claims that guilt is an underlying motivation for all public rhetoric. First, explain what Burke means by the word “guilt.” Then, take a stand—do you agree with Burke, or not? What evidence would you use to support your position?
     
  4. Find a recent speech by a local or national politician about a controversial issue. After reading the speech closely, identify the god-term(s) and the devil-term(s). How do the words that cluster around each term define them? What does this analysis reveal about the speaker’s motivation?
     
  5. Compare and contrast Burke’s dramatism with Aristotle’s Rhetoric. Where do the theories differ? Where might they find common ground? Can you integrate the insights of both theories in a way that establishes identification and consubstantiality with adherents of both theories?

You can access the Essay Questions for a particular chapter in several ways:

  • Switch to View by Theory, then select the desired theory/chapter from the drop-down list at the top of the page. Look in the list of available resources.
  • To quickly find a theory by chapter number, use the Table of Contents and link from there. It will take you directly to the theory with available options highlighted.
  • You can also use the Theory List, which will take you directly to the theory with available options highlighted.

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Resources available to all users:

  • Theory Overview—abstract of each chapter
  • Self-Help Quizzes—for student preparation
  • Chapter Outlines
  • Key Names—important names and terms in each chapter
  • Conversation Videos—interviews with theorists
  • Application Logs—student application of theories
  • Essay Questions—for student prepatation
  • Suggested Movie Clips—tie-in movie scenese to theories
  • Links—web resources related to each chapter
  • Primary Sources—for each theory with full chapter coverage
  • Further Resources—bibliographic and other suggestions
  • Changes—for each theory, since the previous edition
  • Theory Archive—PDF copies from the last edition in which a theory appeared

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  • Short Answer Quizzes—suggested questions and answers
  • Compare Texts—comparison of theories covered in A First Look and ten other textbooks

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