Ethos, Pathos, and Logos: Importance in Public Speaking


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Why do politicians prefer to passionately discuss their positions on health care in a stump speech, as opposed to the nuances of a trade agreement?

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1. A newspaper critiqued a business owner's speech by showing that he was lying about his company's profits. Which appeal did the business owner fail to effectively use?

2. Dentists are used in a commercial that advertises toothpaste where they claim that the identified brand of toothpaste is the best. Which appeal is being used in the commercial?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

In order to pass this interactive quiz, you'll need to answer questions about the definitions of ethos, pathos and logos. You'll also need to identify which of these aspects is being appealed to in given examples of public speaking.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

See how well you score when answering questions on the following:

  • The mode of persuasion that appeals to the audience's emotions
  • The mode of persuasion that appeals to the audience's sense of logic
  • The mode of persuasion that appeals to the audience's sense of the speaker's credibility
  • Examples of public speaking and what mode they feature

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as ethos, pathos and logos
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on ethos, pathos and logos in public speaking
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding appealing to the audience during a speech and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

Be sure to review the corresponding lesson titled Ethos, Pathos, and Logos: Importance in Public Speaking for additional insight on this topic. This lesson covers the following subjects:

  • Modes of persuasion
  • Examples of establishing each mode
  • How to most effectively use the modes when crafting a speech