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Part 1: Watch Joe Biden’s Inaugural address

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Part 2: Answer the following questions

As you watch and listen to Biden’s speech, take note of the following, and answer the questions in complete sentences:

What is the setting of the speech? Day? Time? Location? Current social, political, economic climate?


rhetorical Strategies

do you notice Biden using? Provide at least 2 examples of strategies that you notice him use with an example of where you noticed it in his speech. Are these strategies effective given the setting and timing of his speech? Refer to this page for help with deciphering his strategies.

What historical references and modern issues does Biden incorporate? Why did he choose these specific references? Are these effective?

How does Joe Biden appeal to ethos (build trust)? Pathos (the audience’s emotion)? Logos (the audience’s logic)? Kairos (timing of his argument and strategies)? Are his appeals effective? Explain.

What is Joe Biden’s central argument?

What is Biden’s main purpose? Who is his intended audience? Is he effective in convincing his audience? In fulfilling his purpose? Explain.

****Useful information to use when answering the questions above

-Rhetorical Strategies list (Linked below)

1. Narration
The purpose of narration is to tell a story or relate an event. Narration is an especially useful tool for sequencing or putting details and information into
some kind of lopical order, usually chronological
Literature uses narration heavily, but it also can be useful in non-fiction, academic writing for strong impact.
2. Description
The purpose of description is to recreate, invent, or visually present a person, place, event, or action so that the reader can picture that which is being
described. It is heavily based on sensory details: what we experience through our five senses.
**Important note about description please note that description does not refer to explaining an event or an example. Description exclusively will appeal to
taste, touch, sound, smell or sight. If what you are analyzing does NOT appeal to one of the 5 senses, most likely, you will need to use narration or
exemplification examples) as your chosen strategy.”
3. Example
It’s common to see examples used in all kinds of situations-an idea can be considered too peneral or abstract until we see it in action. An exemplification
essay extends this idea even further it carries one or more examples into great detail, in order to show the details of a complex problem in a way that’s easy
for readers to understand.
4. Definition
In the vocabulary section we talked about word definitions in depth. A definition essay takes the concept of “definition” more broadly, moving beyond a
dictionary definition to deeply examine a word or concept as we actually use and understand it.
5. Process Analysis
Analyzing a process can also be thought of as “how-to’ instruction. Technical writing includes a lot of process analysis, for instance. Academic writing can
incorporate process analysis to show how an existing problem came to be, or how it might be solved, by following a dear series of steps
6. Division/Classification
Classification takes one large concept, and divides it into individual pieces. A nice result from this type of writing is that it helps the reader to understand a
complex topic by focusing on its smaller parts. This is particularly useful when an author has a unique way of dividing up the concepts, to provide new
insight into the ways it might be viewed
7. Comparison/Contrast
Comparison focuses on similarities between things, and contrast focuses on their differences. We innately make comparisons all the time, and they appear
in many kinds of writines. The goal of comparison and contrast in academic essays is generally to show that one item is superior to another, based on a set
of evaluations included as part of the writing.
8. Cause/Effect
If narration offers a sequence of events, cause/effect essays offer an explanation about why that sequence matters. Cause/effect writing is particularly
powerful when the author can provide a cause/effect relationship that the reader wasn’t expecting, and as a result see the situation in a new light
9. Problem/Solution
This type of academic writing has two equally important tasks: clearly identifying a problem, and then providing a logical practical solution for that problem
Establishing that a particular situation 15 a problem can sometimes be a challenge-many readers might assume that a given situation is just the way it is,” for

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