Persuasive Devices in Writing: Definition & Examples


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The following sentence uses which of the three types of persuasive methods? Almost half of the lakes in the U.S. are too polluted to fish or swim in. Pollution is not a theory. It's a problem and we are all being affected by it.

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1. The following sentence uses which of the three persuasive methods? I have interviewed over 100 doctors on this topic, and all of my research helps to prove my point.

2. The following uses which of the persuasive methods? Nobody wants children to die from incurable diseases. But the truth is, it happens every day. Think of how many lives could be saved if we helped to fund more research.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Test your understanding of persuasive devices used in writing with this quiz and worksheet. You'll need to know about devices like pathos, ethos and logos in order to pass.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on identifying examples of the following persuasive devices:

  • Ethos
  • Metaphor
  • Logos
  • Pathos
  • Repetition

Skills Practiced

While you use this quiz/worksheet combo, you'll be able to work on developing the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on persuasive devices in writing
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as pathos and ethos
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained to identify persuasive devices in use

Additional Learning

For further information about these devices, review the accompanying lesson titled Persuasive Devices in Writing: Definition & Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define persuasive writing
  • Identify three basic divisions of persuasive writing and give an example of each
  • Discuss four literary devices used to emphasize an argument, with examples