What is Pathos? - Definition & Meaning


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Which of the following best defines pathos?

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1. Which of the following can be used to increase pathos, or emotional appeal?

2. Which of the following appeals, when combined with pathos, increases persuasiveness?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Pathos is a writing approach that was identified by Aristotle, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the concept. You'll be assessed on the meaning of the term and examples of it.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on your understanding of:

  • Increasing persuasiveness
  • Approaches to using pathos
  • Using pathos effectively

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related writing lesson
  • Making connections - use your understanding of pathos to identify an example of an effective claim that uses it
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding approaches to increasing pathos
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about what pathos can be combined with to increase persuasiveness

Additional Learning

Understand more about this writing approach by reviewing the accompanying lesson, What is Pathos? - Definition & Meaning. You can fulfill the following objectives by completing the lesson:

  • Understand the meaning of pathos
  • Learn to use pathos in your own writing
  • Identify different types of pathos