TIPS FOR FINAL EXAM:
- "is this article effective/ineffective?"
- Means does the author persuade you? Does the various elements of rhetoric effectively
Look for/CRITICAL ISSUES -tone -responding critically to a apply the initial 7 elements in
Break an article down quickly: -the intended audience critical article: your own writi\ng
(is the article effective? Does it -use of evidence
achieve its goals?) -assumption or biases of author
(left-wing = liberal, right-wing =
-what were the sources (what
kinds of evidence)
-what's at stake?
-is there an oversight (do they
overlook something) Is there a
space for me, as the critic, that
lacks nuance (different shades of
-can you come up with a clever
- word choice../ diction (inclusion
- Given a very long/big article (one part of the exam)
○ Read it, understand it QUICK! No time.
○ Quickly come up with a critical response to it
Chapter 5 in textbook...read it
Practice exam: 25 minutes
- Paragraph 1: intro + thesis (effective OR ineffective? Does the author achieve their goal in persuading you?) + why? (1 or 2 reasons)
- Paragraph 2: one elements of the article
- Paragraph 3: second element of the article
- Paragraph 4: concluding comments (any counter-intuitive insights/ new ways)
'ad hominem" phrase
- personal attack on the writer
- Its not right to attack the moralities and values of the writer, attack the point of the article instead
Article: "The Ford Brothers and the Complicated Politics of Class"
- Everyone is biased, and all things are biased, because everyone has their own opinions..
- But you can agree or disagree with someone according t