Paralipsis: Definition & Examples


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Rhetoric is best defined as the art of persuasion.

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1. The effectiveness of paralipsis is often enhanced in the context of a subtle delivery.

2. Which of the following best defines paralipsis?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Paralipsis, also known as apophasis, is an effective and strategic rhetorical device. This quiz and worksheet combination will help you test your knowledge on the definition, use, and examples of this strategy.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The definitions of rhetoric and paralipsis
  • Examples of paralipsis
  • The 'hook' and 'meat' of of a paraliptical statement

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will allow you to test your skills in the following areas:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related language lesson
  • Making connections - use your understanding of the concept of rhetoric to better grasp the purpose and usage of paralipsis
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms, such as rhetoric and paralipsis

Additional Learning

To learn more about rhetoric and paralipsis, review the accompanying lesson titled Paralipsis: Definition & Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define rhetoric and rhetorical devices
  • Explain what paralipsis is
  • Understand the purpose of paralipsis as a form of irony
  • Relate how to use paralipsis outwardly to effectively speak or write within a rhetorical situation
  • Analyze paralipsis at work in certain examples