Rhetorical Techniques in Persuasive Texts


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What is the purpose of rhetorical devices?

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1. Which technique consists of making something seem less important and deemphasizing it?

2. You are watching television. A commercial comes on and shows a celebrity who claims that he used the product and loved it. What type of rhetorical technique is this?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Rhetorical devices are important tools in persuasive texts. With these quiz questions, you'll be asked to identify common rhetorical devices through several illustrative examples, as well as understand the overall purpose of rhetoric.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These interactive practice questions will test you on:

  • Why we use rhetorical devices
  • Which rhetorical technique makes something seem less important
  • Examples of rhetorical techniques
  • Definition of exaggeration

Skills Practiced

You'll be tested on the following skills:

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of rhetoric to understand how it's used in persuasive texts
  • Making connections - be able to interpret scenarios and connect the rhetorical devices they describe
  • Defining key concepts - be sure you can accurately define exaggeration as a rhetorical device

Additional Learning

If you want to learn more about these techniques, read the accompanying lesson, Rhetorical Techniques in Persuasive Texts. The lesson goes over the following learning objectives:

  • Understand why repetition is used as a rhetorical device
  • Assess how rhetorical techniques are used in the media
  • List frequently used rhetorical devices