Ad Hominem Argument
Comes from the Latin phrase meaning, “to the man.” It refers to an argument that attacks the opposing speaker or another person rather than addressing the issues at hand.
A(n) ___________ is a fictional work in which the characters represent ideas or concepts. In Paul Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, for example, the characters named Faithful, Mercy, and Mr. Worldly Wiseman are clearly meant to represent types of people rather than to be characters in their own rights.
________________ is the repetition of consonant sounds, usually at the beginning of words: the repeated “t” and “c” sounds in the sentence, “The tall tamarack trees shaded the cozy cabin,” are examples of alliteration.
A(n) __________________ is a passing reference to a familiar person, place, or thing drawn from the history, the Bible, mythology, or literature. A(n) _______________ is an economical way for a writer to capture the essence of an idea, atmosphere, emotion, or historical era, as in “The scandal was his Watergate” or “he saw himself as a modern Job,” or “Everyone there held those truths to be self-evident.” A(n) ______________ should be familiar to the reader; if it is not, it will add nothing to the meaning. A(n) _____________ is a reference, usually oblique or faint, to another thing, idea, or person. For example, in the sentence, “She faced the challenge with Homeric courage, “Homeric” is an ___________ to Homer’s worlds, The Illiad and the Odyssey,
When something is _________________, it is uncertain or indefinite; it is subject to more than one interpretation. For example, you might say, “The poet’s use of the word is _______________,” to begin to discuss the multiple meanings suggested by the use of the word and to indicate that there is an uncertainty of interpretation.
____________ asks a reader to think about the correspondence or resemblance between two things that are essentially different; a form of comparison in which the writer explains something unfamiliar by comparing it to something familiar. For example, if you say, “The pond was as smooth as a mirror,” you ask your audience to understand two different things: “pond” and “mirror” – as being similar in some fashion. A second example is: A transmission line is simply a pipeline for electricity. In the case of a water pipeline, more water will flow through the pipe as water pressure increases. The same is true of a transmission line for electricity.
__________________ means reading actively, paying close attention to both the content and the structure of the text. ____________________________ often involves answering several basic questions about the piece of writing under consideration: What does the author want to say? What is his or her main point? What does the author want to say it? What is his or her purpose? What strategy or strategies does the author use? Why and how does the author’s writing strategy suit both the subject and the purpose? What is special about the way the author uses the strategy? How effective is the essay? Why?
Every pronoun refers back to a previous noun or pronoun – the ______________; _________________ is the grammatical term for the noun of or pronoun from which another pronoun derives its meaning. For example, in the sentence, “The car he wanted to buy was a green one,” the pronoun “one: derives its meaning from the ________________ “car.”
________________ is an opposition or contrast of ideas that is often expressed in balanced phrases or clauses. For example, “Whereas he was boisterous, I was reserved” is a sentence that balances two antithetical observations.
A(n) _________________ is a figure of speech in which an absent person or personified object is addressed by a speaker. For example, “love” is personified and addressed as though present in the sentence, “Oh love, where have you gone?”
The word “________________” is derived from the Greek word deify. ________________ occurs in literature when a character or a thing is elevate to such a high status that it appears godlike.
A(n) ______________ is a word or phrase that follows a noun or pronoun for emphasis or clarity. ________________ are usually set off by commas. For example, in the sentence, “The Luxury train, The Orient Express, crosses Europe from Paris to Istanbul in just twenty-six hours,” the name “The Orient Express” is the _______________ for “train.”
______________ is one of the four basic types of prose. (Narration, description and exposition are the other three.) To argue is to attempt to convince the reader to agree with a point of view, to make a given decision, or to pursue a particular course of action. Logical argument is based on reasonable explanations and appeals to the reader’s intelligence.
The thesis, claim, or proposition that a writer puts forward in argument.
_____________ is a type of internal rhyming in which vowel sounds are repeated. For instance, listen to the ______________ caused by the repeated short “o” sounds in the phrase, “the pot’s rocky, pocked surface.”
A belief or principle, stated or implied, that is taken for granted.
______________ occurs when the conjunctions (such, as, and, or, but) that would normally connect a string of words, phrases, or clauses are omitted from a sentence. For example, the sentence, “I came, I saw, I conquered” employs ______________.
__________________ is the emotional feeling – or mood – of a place, scene or event, In Toni Morrison’s Beloved, for example, the opening chapters convey an atmosphere of loneliness and grief.
____________ describes the feelings of a particular speaker or piece of writing toward a subject, person or idea. For example, a writer can think very positively or very negatively about a subject. In most cases, the writers attitude falls somewhere between these two extremes. This expression is often used as a synonym for tone.
A(n) _____________ is the intended readership for a piece of writing. For example, the readers of a national weekly newsmagazine come from all walks of life and have diverse opinions, attitudes and educational experiences. In contrast, the readership for an organic chemistry journal is made up of people whose interests and educational backgrounds are quite similar.
A false or forced emotion that is often humorous. Whereas pathos draws upon deep emotion, ____________ takes this emotion to such an extreme that the reader finds it humorous rather than touching.
A(n) _______________ is the sentence, group of sentences, or section that introduces an essay, Good ________________ usually identify the thesis or controlling idea, attempt to interest the reader and establish a tone. Some effective ways in which writers begin essays include (1) telling an anecdote that illustrates the thesis, (2) providing a controversial statement or opinion that engages the reader’s interest, (3) presenting startling statistics or facts, (4) defining a term that is central to the discussion that follows, (5) asking thought-provoking questions, (6) providing a quotation that illustrates the thesis, (7) referring to a current event that helps establish the thesis, or (8) showing the significance of the subject or stressing its importance to the reader. An ____________ is the sentence or group of sentences that brings an essay to closure. Good __________ are purposeful and well planned. ____________ satisfy readers when they are natural outgrowths of the essays themselves and convey a sense of finality or completion. Good essays do not simply stop; they conclude.
Cause and Effect Analysis
__________________________________ is one of the types of exposition (Process analysis, definition, division and classification, exemplification and comparison and contrast are the others.) __________________________ answers the question why? It explains the reasons for an occurrence or the consequences of an action.
The thesis or proposition put forth in argument.
___________________, along with division, is one of the types of exposition (Process analysis, definition, comparison and contrast, exemplification, and cause and effect analysis are the others.) When classifying, the writer arranges and sorts people, places, or things into categories according to their differing characteristics, thus making them more manageable for the writer and more understandable for the reader.
A ___________ is an expression that has become ineffective through overuse. Expressions such as quick as a flash, dry as dust, jump for joy and slow as molasses are all ___________. Good writers normally avoid such trite expressions and seek instead to express themselves in fresh and forceful language.
_________________ is a quality of good writing that results when all sentences, paragraphs, and longer divisions of an essay are naturally connected. _____________ writing is achieved through (1) a logical sequence of ideas (arranged in chronological order, spatial order, order of importance or some other appropriate order), (2) the thoughtful repetition of key words and ideas, (3) a pace suitable for your topic and your reader, and (4) the use of transitional word sand expressions. ________________ should not be confused with unity
A __________________________ is characteristic of or appropriate to spoken language or to writing that seeks its effect. _________________ are informal, as chem., gym, come up with, be at loose ends, won’t, and photo illustrate. Thus, ___________________________ are acceptable informal writing only if they are used purposefully.
Comparison and Contrast
______________________________ is one of the types of exposition. (Process analysis, definition, division and classification, exemplification and cause and effect analysis are the others.) In _____________________________, the writer points out the similarities and differences between two or more subjects in the same class or category. The function of any ___________________________ is to clarify – to reach some conclusion about the items being ______________________________.
A ___________ word names a specific object, person, place or action that can be directly perceived by the senses: car, bread, building, book, Abraham Lincoln, Toronto or hiking, An __________ word, in contrast, refers to general qualities, conditions, ideas, actions or relationships that cannot be directly perceived by the senses: bravery, dedication, excellence, anxiety, stress, thinking or hatred. Although writers must use both _____________ and ___________ language, good writers avoid using too many ___________ words, Instead they rely on _________ words to define and illustrate _______________. Because ____________ words affect the senses, they are easily comprehended by the reader.
Both _______________________________ refer to the meanings of words. ______________ is the dictionary meaning of a word, the literal meaning. _______________, on the other hand, is the implied or suggested meaning of a word. For example, the denotation of lamb is “a young sheep.” The connotations of lamb are numerous: gentile, docile, weak, peaceful, blessed, sacrificial, blood, spring, frisky, pure, innocent and so on. Good writers are sensitive to both the _________________ and ________________ of words and they use these meanings to advantage in their writing.
Writers often use ________________, or oppositions, to elaborate ideas. ______________ help writers to expand on their ideas by allowing them to show both what a thing is and what it is not. Take, for instance, images of light and darkness: a reader may better appreciate what it means to have light by considering its absence – darkness.
______________ is the process of reasoning from a stated premise to a necessary conclusion. This form of reasoning moves from the general to the specific.
_______________ is one of the types of exposition. _____________ is a statement of the meaning of a word. A ________________ may be either brief or extended, part of an essay or an entire essay itself,
_______________ is one of the four basic types of prose. ________________ tells how a person, place or thing is perceived by the five senses. Objective ________________ reports these sensory qualities of factually, whereas subjective ________________ gives the writers interpretation of them,
______________ is conversation that is recorded in a piece of writing. Through _____________, writers reveal important aspects of characters’ personalities as well as events in the narrative.
___________ refers to an authors choice of words, For instance, in this sentence, “That guy was really mad!” the author uses informal diction (“guy,” “mad”); whereas in the sentence, “The gentleman was considerably irritated,” the author uses more elevated diction (“gentleman,” “irritated”). A writer’s diction contributes to the tone of a text.
Like comparison and contrast, ____________ and classification are seperate yet closely related mental operations. ______________ involves breaking down a single large unit into smaller subunits or breaking down a large group of items into discrete categories. For example, the student body at a college or university can be divided into categories according to different criteria (by class, by province or country, by sex and so on).
A(n) ________________________ is the single mood, atmosphere or quality a writer emphasizes in a piece of descriptive writing, The _____________________ is created through the careful selection of details and is, of course, influenced by the writer’s subject, audience and purpose.
A(n) ____________ is a version of a peice of writing at a particular stage in the writing process, The first version produced is usually called the rough or first __________ and is a writer’s beginning attempt to give overall shape to his or her ideas, Subsequent versions are called revised ________. The copy presented for publication is the final _______.
During the __________ stage of the writing process, the writer makes his or her prose conform to the conventions of the language. This includes making final improvements in a sentence structure and diction, and proofreading for wordiness and errors in grammar, usage, spelling and punctuation, After editing, the writer is ready to prepare a final copy.
An elegy is work (of music, literature, dance, or art) that expresses sorrow, It mourns the loss of something, such as the death of a loved one.
_____________ is the placement of important ideas and words within sentences and longer units of writing so that they have the greatest impact. In general, the end has the most impact and the beginning nearly as much; the middle has the least.
A(n) __________ is a relitively short piece of nonfiction in which the writer attempts to make one or more closely related points. A good essay is purposeful, informative, and well organized.
_______ is the characteristic spirit or ideal work that informs a work, In “The Country of the Pointed Firs” by Sarah Orne Jewett, for instance, the ethos of the work is derived from the qualities of the inhabitants, who are described as both noble and caring, _________ also refers more generally to ethics or values of the arguer: honesty, trustworthiness, even morals, In rhetorical writing, authors often attempt to persuade readers by appealing to their sense of _______, or ethical principles.
A(n) _______________ is mild or pleasant sounding expression that substitutes for a harsh, indelicate, or simply less pleasant idea. _______________ are often used to soften the impact of what is being discussed. For example, the word “departed” is a(n) ________________ for the word “dead.” just as the phrase “in the family way” is a(n) _______________ for the word “pregnant.”
A(n)_____________ is a piece of writing is an assessment of its effectiveness or merit. In evaluating a piece of writing, you should ask the following questions: What is the writer’s purpose? Is it a worthwhile purpose? Does the writer achieve the purpose? Is the writer’s information sufficient and accurate? What are the strengths of the essay? What are its weaknesses? Depending on the type of writing and the purpose, more specific questions can also be asked. For example, with an argument you could ask: Does the writer follow the principles of logical thinking> Is the writer’s evidence convincing?
_____________ is the data on which a judgment or argument is based or by which proof or probability is established. ____________ usually takes the form of statistics, facts, names, examples or illustrations and opinions of authorities.
____________ illustrate a larger idea or represent something of which they are a part. A(n) ______________ is a basic means of developing or clarifying an idea. Furthermore, ____________ enable writers to show and not simply tell readers what they mean. The terms ___________ and illustration are sometimes used interchangeable.
___________________ is a type of exposition. With _______________, the writer uses examples – specific facts, opinions. samples and anecdotes or stories – to support a generalization and to make it more vivid, understandable and persuasive,
______________ is one of the four basic types of prose. The purpose of _____________ is to clarify, explain and inform. The methods of ___________ include process analysis, definition, division and classification, comparison and contrast, exemplification and cause and effect analysis. Writing or speech that is organized to explain. For example, if the novel you read involves a wedding, your _____________ might explain the significance of the wedding to the overall work of literature.
A piece of information presented as having a verifiable certainty or reality.
Figures of Speech
________________________ are brief, imaginative comparisons that highlight the similarities between things that are basically dissimilar. They make writing vivid and interesting and therefore more memorable. The most common figures of speech are simile, metaphor, and personification.
The word “____________” comes from the Latin word meaning to invent, to form, to imagine. Works of _______ can be based on actual occurrences, but their status as ________ means that something has been imagined or invented in the telling of the occurrence.
________________________ is an umbrella term for all uses of language that imply an imaginative comparison. For example, “You’ve earned your wings” is a figurative way to say, “you’ve succeeded.” It implies a comparison with a bird who has just learned to fly. Similes, metaphors and symbols are all examples of ____________________________.
__________ is the limitation that a writer gives his or her subject. The writer’s task is to select a manageable topic given the constraints of time, space and purpose. For example, within the general subject of sports, a writer could focus on government support of amateur athletes or narrow the _________ further to government support of Olympic athletes.
____________________ is a purposeful hint placed in a work of literature to suggest what may occur later in the narrative. For instance, a seemingly unrelated scene in a mystery story that focuses on a special interest of the detective may actually _________________ that detectives use of that expertise in solving the mystery.
______________ is a set of rules that specify how a given language is used effectively.
______________ is a figure of speech in which exaggeration is used to achieve emphasis. The expressions “my feet are as cold as an iceberg” and “I’ll die if I don’t see you soon,” are examples of _______________. The emphasis is on exaggeration rather than literal representation. _______________ is the opposite of understatement.
A(n) _________ is a word or phrase that is used habitually with a particular meaning in a language. The meaning of an ___________ is not always readily apparent to nonnative speakers of that language. For example, catch cold, hold a job, make up your mind and give them a hand are all ____________ in English.
A(n) __________ is a mental picture that is conjured by specific words and associations, but there can be auditory and sensory components to imagery as well. Nearly all writing depends on _____________ to be effective and interesting. Metaphors, similes, symbols and personification all use ___________.
_____________ is the process of reasoning to a conclusion about all members of a class through an examination of only a few members of the class. This form of reasoning moves from the particular to the general,
________ occurs when a situation produces an outcome that is the opposit of what is expected. In Robert Frost’s poem, “Mending Fences,” for instance, it is _________ that the presence of a barrier – a fence – keeps a friendship alive; Frost’s observation that “Good fences make good neighbors” is both true and _______. Similarly, when an author uses words or phrases that are in opposition to each other to describe a person or an idea, an _________ tone results. For example, in The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, when the speaker says, “I am glad my case is not serious!” the reader – who is also aware of just how “serious: her case is – is aware of the _________ of the statement.
When two contrasting things – ideas, words or sentence elements – are placed next to each other for comparison, a _________________ occurs. For instance, a writer may choose to _______________ the coldness of one room with the warmth of another, or one person’s honesty with another’s duplicity. __________________ sheds light on both elements in the comparison.
A(n) ___________________________ is an error in reasoning that renders an argument invalid. Some of the more common _______________________ are these: OVERSIMPLIFICATION: The tendency to provide simple solutions to complex problems: “The reason we have inflation today is that OPEC has unreasonable raised the price of oil.” NON SEQUITUR (“It does not follow”): An inference or conclusion that does not follow from established premises or evidence: “It was the best movie I saw this year and it should get an Academy Award.” POST HOC. ERGO PROPTER HOC (“After this, therefore because of this”): Confusing chance or coincidence with causation. Because one event comes after another one, id does not necessarily mean that the first event caused the second: “I won’t say I caught cold at the hockey game, but I certainly didn’t have it before I went there.” BEGGING THE QUESTION: Assuming in a premis that which needs to be proven: “If American autoworkers built a better product, foreign auto sales would not be so high.” FALSE ANALOGY: Making a misleading analogy between logically unconnected ideas: “He was a brilliant basketball player; therefore, there’s no question in my mind that he will be a fine coach.” EITHER/OR THINKING: The tendency to see an issue as having only two sides: “Used car salespeople are either honest or crooked.”
The use of reason as a controlling principle in an argument. In rhetorical writing, authors often attempt to persuade readers by appealing to their sense of _________, or reason, A type of argumentative proof having to do with the logical qualities of an argument: data, evidence, factual information.
______________ is a figure of speech in which two unlike things are compared directly, usually for emphasis or dramatic effect. For instance, the observation that “she lived a thorny life” relies on an understanding of how dangerous and prickly thorns can be. In an extended ____________, the properties of a single comparison are used throughout a poem or prose work. For example, if you call government, “the ship of state,” you could extend the _____________ by calling industry and business the “engines” of this ship and by calling the citizens of the state, “passenger” of the ship.
______________ is a figure of speech in which something is referred to by using the name of something that is associated with it. For example, a crown is associated with royalty, and is often used as a metonym for royal authority. (“The edict issued today by the Crown forbids grazing in the commons.”)
_________ is the prevailing or dominant feeling of a work, scene or event, The opening scene of Macbeth in which three witches are center stage, for instance, sets a __________ of doom and tragedy for the first act of the play. __________ is similar to atmosphere.
______________ is one of the four basic types of prose. To narrate is to tell a story, to tell what happened. Although _____________ is most often used in fiction, it is also important in nonfiction, either by itself or in conjunction with other types of prose.
____________ writing is factual and impersonal, whereas ______________ writing, sometimes called impressionistic writing, relies heavily on personal interpretation.
_____________________ is an effect created by words that have sounds that reinforce their meaning. For example, in the sentence, “The tires screeched as the car zoomed around the corner,” the words “screeched” and “zoomed” are ___________________ becuse the sounds they make when spoken are similar to the sounds the car makes when preforming these actions.
A(n) ________________ is a belief or conclusion not substantiated by positive knowledge or proof. A(n) _____________ reveals personal feelings or attitudes or states a position. ____________ should not be confused with argument.
In writing, ________________ is the thoughtful arrangement and presentation of one’s points or ideas. Narration is often organized chronologically. Exposition may be organized from simplest to most complex or form most familiar to least familiar. Argument may be organized from least important to most important. There is no single correct pattern of ___________________ for a given piece of writing, but good writers are careful to discover an order of presentation suitable for their audience and their purpose.
A(n) ______________ is a brief summary of the whole work.
A(n) _______________ combines two contradictory words in one expression. The results of this combination are often unusual or thought provoking. For instance, if you praise a child for her “wild docility,” in essence you change the seperate meanings of the words “wild” and “docility” and create a new, hybrid image.
____________ is the speed of a story’s action, dialogue, or narration. Some stories are told slowly, some more quickly, Events happen fast or are dragged out according to the narrator;s purpose. For example, “action movies” are usually fast paced; when their __________ slows, the audience knows that the section is being given special emphasis
A(n) ____________ is a seeming contradiction that in fact reveals some truth. For example, the _____________________ expression, “he lifted himself up by his bootstraps,” suggests a physical impossibility, and thus communicates a truth about the enormity of the person’s achievement.
The __________________, the single most important unit of thought in an essay, is a series of closely related sentences. These sentences adequately develop the central or controlling idea of the ________________. This central or controlling idea, usually stated in a topic sentence, is necessarily related to the purpose of the whole composition. A well-written _____________ has several distinguishing characteristics: a clearly stated or implied topic sentence, adequate development, unity, coherence and an appropriate organizational strategy.
A literary technique that relies on the use of the same syntactical structures, (phrases, clauses, sentences) in a series in order to develop a argument or emphasize an idea. For example, in the declaration, “At sea, on land in the air, we will be loyal to the very end,” the parallel phrases at the beginning of the sentence emphasize the loyalty and determination of a group of people. ____________ structure is the repetition of word order or form either within a single sentence or in several sentences that develop the same central idea. As a rhetorical device, parallelism can aid coherence and add emphasis. Roosevelt’s statement, “I see one third of the nation ill-housed, ill-clad, il-nourished,” illustrates effective ______________.
___________ is an effort to ridicule or make fun of a literary work or an author by writing an imitation of the work or the author’s style.
A sympathetic feeling of pity or compassion evoked by an artistic work. In rhetorical writing, authors often attempt to persuade readers by appealing to the sense of __________, or their emotions. A type of argumentative proof having to do with audience: emotional language, connotative diction and appeals to certain values.
A grammatical term that describes the relationship of a writer or speaker to an audience by examining the pronouns that are used. Depending on the choice of pronouns, narration is said to be written in first person (I, we), second person (you, both singular and plural) or third person (he, she, it, they).
____________ is the character created by the voice and narration of the speaker of a text. The term, “______________” implies a fictional representation or an act of disguise (that the speaker is not the author, but a created character).
A figure of speech in which ideas or objects are described as having human qualities or personalities. For example, in the sentence, “The saddened birch trees were bent to the ground, laden with ice; they groaned and shivered in the cold winds,” the trees are _________________, or represented as capable of human emotion.
Point of View
The particular perspective from which a story is told is called the __________________. Stories may be told from the ___________________ of specific characters or a narrator. The narrator, in turn, may be a subjective narrator (who may or may not be involved in the story), or an all-knowing (omniscient) narrator. (An omniscient narrator can tell you everything about the characters – even their inner feelings and thoughts.) Examining the person of the pronouns used can further describe _____________________. Some literary works blend different ___________________ for emphasis and experimentation. For example, a first person _______________ uses the pronoun I and is commonly found in autobiography and the personal essay; a third person __________________ uses the pronouns he, she, or it and is commonly found in objective writing.
______________ encompasses all the activities that take place before a writer actually starts a rough draft. During the _____________ stage of the writing process, the writer selects a subject area, focuses on a particular topic, collects information and makes notes, brainstorms for ideas, discovers connections between pieces of information, determines a thesis and purpose, rehearses portions of the writing in the mind or on paper and makes a scratch outline.
___________________ is a type of exposition. __________________ answers the question how? And explains how something works or gives step-by-step directions for doing something.
The _______________ stage of the writing process is when the writer shares his or her writing with the intended audience. _______________ can take the form of a typed or an oral presentation, a photocopy or a commercially printed rendition. What’s important is that the writer’s words are read in what amounts to their final form.
A(n) _______ is a play on words. A(n) ________ is created by using a word that has two different meanings, or using two different words with similar meanings, for a playful effect. Shakespeare uses _______ extensively in his plays; in Hamlet, for instance, Hamlet says he is “too much in the sun,” making use of the meaning of the word “sun” and stressing his role as a “son” simultaneously.
_____________ is what the writer wants to accomplish in a particular piece of writing. Purposeful writing seeks to relate (narration), to describe (description), to explain (process analysis, definition, division and classification, comparison and contrast and cause and effect analysis), or to convince (argument).
_________________ is the reiteration of a word or phrase for emphasis.
During the __________ stage of the writing process, the writer determines what in the draft needs to be developed or clarified so that the essay says what the writer intends it to say. OFten the writer needs to revise several times before the essay is “right.” Comments from peer evaluators can be invaluable in helping writers determine what sorts of changes need to be made. Such changes can include adding material, deleting material, changing the order of presentation and substituting new material for old,
Rhetoric, Rhetorical Purpose
_______________ is the art and logic of a written or spoken argument. _______________ writing is purposeful; examples of _____________________________ include to persuade, to analyze, or to expose, The lines between purposes, strategies, and devices are blurry, To accomplish a ________________________, a writer develops a _______________ strategy, and then uses ______________ devices to accomplish the goal. Consider shelter as an example. If your purpose in constructing a shelter is to protect you from inclement weather, one strategy for doing this might be to build a house (other strategies might involve a tent or a cave, for instance). Devices would be the choices that you make as you build the house, such as whether to use wood or bricks, the number and location of doors and windows, and so on. In the same way, to achieve a purpose in writing you need a strategy and devices. To use a more literary example, when arguing to persuade the world that Americans deserved to independent from England (_____________________), the writers of the Declaration of Independence refused to recognize Great Britain’s legislative authority (___________ strategy). To achieve this in their prose, the writers and syntax (_____________ device) that presented all Americans as adhering to one idea (“We the People…”) and diction (_____________ device) that affirmed their right to be independent (“self-evident” and “endowed by their Creator”).
Rhetorical, or Stylistic Devices
The specific language tools that an author uses to carry out a ________________________ and thus achieve a purpose for writing. Some typical language devices include allusion, diction, imagery, syntax, selection of detail, figurative language and repetition.
A __________________________ is a question that is asked for the sake of argument. No direct answer is provided to a _______________________; however, the probable answer to such a question is usually implied in the argument. “When will nuclear proliferation end” is such a question. Writers often use ___________________________ to introduce topics they plan to discuss or to emphasize important points.
A(n) ________________ is a plan of action or movement to achieve a goal. In rhetoric or writing, strategy describes the way an author organizes words, sentences and overall argument in order to achieve a particular purpose.
To ridicule or mock ideas, persons, events or doctrins, or to make fun of human foibles or weaknesses, “A Modest Proposal” and Gulliver’s Travels, both by Jonathan Swift, are __________ of particular people and events of his time.
Selection of Detail
The specific words, incidents, images or events the author usese to create a scene or narrative are referred to as the _________________________.
________________ refers to the order in which a writer presents information. Writers commonly select chronological order, spatial order, order of importance, or order of complexity to arrange their points.
A(n) ____________ is a commonly used figure of speech that compares the words, “like” or “as.” For example, the sentence, “He drank like a camel; he was so thirsty,” contains the simile, “like a camel.”
___________ is the unconventional, very informal language of particular sub-groups of a culture. ________, such as bummed, coke, split, hurt, dis, blow off, cool and hot is acceptable in formal writing only if it is used purposefully.
The use of certain words or information that results in a biased view point.
The ___________ is the narrator of a story, poem or drama. The ___________ should not be confused with the author, who creates the voice of the ____________; the ______________ is a fictional persona.
_____________ words name groups or classes of objects, qualities, or actions. ___________ words, in contrast, name individual objects, qualities or actions within a class or group. To some extent, the terms ___________ and __________ are relative. For example, dessert is a class of things. Pie, however, is more __________ than dessert but more ___________ than pecan pie or chocolate cream pie. Good writing judiciously balances the ___________ with the ____________. Writing with too many ___________ words is likely to be dull and lifeless. ___________ words do not create vivid responses in the reader’s mind as concrete, _____________ words can. However, writing that relies exclusively on ____________ words may lack focus and direction – the control that more ____________ statements provide.
A(n) ____________ is a means by which a writer achieves his or her purpose. ____________ includes the may rhetorical decisions that the writer makes about organization, paragraph structure, syntax and diction. In terms of the whole essay, ____________ refers to the principal rhetorical mode that the writer uses. If, for example, a writer wishes to show how to make chocolate chip cookies, the most effective _____________ would be process analysis. If it is the writer’s purpose to show why sales of American cars have declined in recent years, the most effective _____________ would be cause and effect analysis.
________ is not the what but the how. ________ is the individual manner in which a writer expresses his or her ideas. The author’s particular selection of words, construction of sentences and arrangement of ideas create _________.
The ___________ of an essay is its content, what the essay is about. Depending on the author’s purpose and the constraints of space, a _____________ may range from one that is broadly conceived to one that is narrowly defined.
A(n) _____________ is an argument that utilizes deductive reasoning and consists of a major premise, a minor premise and a conclusion. For example: All trees that lose leaves are deciduous (major premise). Maple trees lose their leaves (minor premise). Therefore, maple trees are deciduous (conclusion).
A(n) ______________ is a person, place or thing that represents something beyond itself. The beaver, for instance, is a(n) ______________ of Canada; the eagle is a(n) ______________ of America and the bear, a(n) ______________ of Russia. Literary ___________often refer to or stand for a complex set of ideas. The moors, in Wuthering Heights, for instance, _________________ the wild and complex relationship of Catherine and Heathcliff.
A word that has the same or nearly the same meaning as another word is called a(n) ________________. For example, funny is a(n) ______________ for laughable; big for large; secret for hidden; silly for ridiculous.
___________ refers to the way words are arranged in a sentence. For example, the following two sentences share a similar meaning, but have different ___________, or a word order: “The big blue sky beckoned her,” essentially says the same thing as, “She was beckoned by the big blue sky.”
__________________________, or jargon, is the special vocabulary of a trade or profession. Writers who use _______________________ do so with an awareness of their audience. If the audience is a group of peers, _____________________ may be used freely. If the audience is a more general one, __________________________ should be used sparingly and carefully so as not to sacrifice clarity.
____________, in a work of literature, is a feeling of excitement and expectation the reader or audience feels because of the conflict, mood or atmosphere of the work.
____________ describes the way the elements of a work of prose or poetry are joined together. It suggests an association with the style of the author – whether, for instance, the author’s prose is rough-sewn (elements at odds with one another) or smooth and graceful (elements flow together naturally).
The ___________ of a work is usually considered the central idea. There can be several _____________ in a single work. In The Woman Warrior, for instance, Maxine Hong Kingston includes endurance, loyalty, bravery, intelligence, fortune and risk as ____________ variously treated and dramatized.
A(n) ___________ is a statement of the main idea of an essay. Also known as the controlling idea, a(n) _________ may sometimes be implied rather than stated directly.
A(n) __________ is a word or phrase set off at the beginning of an essay to identify the subject, to capture the main idea of the essay or to attract the reader’s attention. A(n) _________ may be explicit or suggestive. A subtitle, when used, extends or restricts the meaning of the main _________.
________, which can also be called attitude, is the way the author presents a subject. An author’s _________ can be serious, scholarly, humorous, mournful or ironic, just to name a few examples. A particular _______ results from a writer’s diction, sentence structure, purpose and attitude toward the subject. A correct perception of the author’s _______ is essential to understanding a particular literary work; misreading an ironic _________ as a serious one, for instance, could lead you to miss the humor in a description or situation.
The _____________________ states the central idea of a paragraph and thus limits and controls the subject of the paragraph. Although the ___________________ most often appears at the beginning of the paragraph, it may appear at any other point, particularly if the writer is trying to create a special effect.
_______________ are words or phrases that link sentences, paragraphs and larger units of a composition to achieve coherence. These devices include parallelism, pronoun references, conjunctions and the repetition of key ideas, as well as the many conventional ____________________ expressions, such as moreover, on the other hand, in addition, in contrast, and therefore.
When an author assigns less significance to an event or thing than it deserves, the result is a(n) _____________________. For example, if a writer refers to a very destructive monsoon as “a bit of wind,” the power of the event is being deliberately ___________________.
___________ is achieved in an essay when all the words, sentences and paragraphs contribute to its thesis. The elements of a ______________ essay do not distract the reader. Instead, they all harmoniously support a single idea or purpose.
How the speaker of a literary work presents himself or herself to the reader determines that speaker’s unique __________. For example, the speaker’s ________ can be loud or soft, personal or cold, strident or gentile, authoritative or hesitant, or can have any manner or combination of characteristics. __________ is also a grammatical term. A sentence can be written in either active or passive ________. A simple way to tell the difference is to remember that when the subject preforms the action in a sentence, the ______ is active (for example: “I sent the letter.”); when the subject is acted i[pm, the _______ is passive (for example: “The letter was sent by me.”)
The ___________________ consists of five major stages: prewriting, writing drafts, revision, editing and publication. The process is not inflexible, but there is no mistaking the fact that mot writers follow some version of it most of the time. Although orderly in its basic components and sequence of activities, the _____________________ is nonetheless continuous, creative and unique to each individual writer.
A particular breech of sense in a sentence. It occurs when a word is used with two adjacent words in the same construction, but only makes literal sense with one of them. For example, in the sentence, “She carried an old tapestry bag and a walk that revealed a long history of injury,” the word “carried” makes sense with the word “bag,” but not with the word “walk,” and so is an instance of _____________.