Rhetorical Device: Definition & Examples


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Rhetorical devices are used by speakers to interact in what way with their audiences?

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1. The idea of 'rhetoric' can be defined most simply as the art of _____.

2. Which is the best example of using a rhetorical device effectively, and why?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Test your ability to define rhetoric and identify types of rhetorical devices with this quiz/worksheet combo. To pass the quiz, you'll need to be able to recognize different devices by definition as well as be familiar with the purpose of rhetorical devices.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested over your ability to:

  • Identify the word for the rhetorical device that started out as a Greek military term
  • Define 'rhetoric'
  • Recall how speakers use rhetorical devices to interact with audiences
  • Recognize which rhetorical device asserts commonalities between two generally non-related subjects
  • Discern lingual units that are and are not repeated in one or more rhetorical devices

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related American literature lesson
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately identify main terms, such as the rhetorical device that makes two contrasting subjects similar and the rhetorical device that started out as a Greek military term
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concepts of rhetoric and persuasion to analyze how speakers engage their audiences
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding rhetorical devices to answer questions about the use of repetition

Additional Learning

Want to learn more about directing an audience to a speaker's point of view? Then check out the accompanying lesson, Rhetorical Device: Definition & Examples. This lesson will help you:

  • Define rhetorical device
  • Understand the formal history of rhetoric and persuasion
  • Identify and define different types of rhetorical devices, such as metaphor, alliteration, anaphora, polysyndeton, procatalepsis and rhetorical questions