General Purpose vs. Specific Purpose of a Speech


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In a persuasive speech, the specific purpose answers which of the following questions?

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1. You may want to ask yourself the following questions to help develop your specific purpose statement:
  • Why am I here?
  • What can I do to impact my audience?
  • What does my audience not know?
  • and _____.

2. What is the idea or statement that gives your speech direction beyond the general purpose?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

There are several different types of speeches, and this quiz and worksheet combo will help you test your knowledge of their types and purposes. You'll be assessed on the definitions and function of different types of speeches.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Matching key terms to examples
  • Identifying why you might use a purpose statement
  • Understanding the process behind creating a purpose statement
  • Defining the term for the idea or statement that gives your speech direction beyond the general purpose

Skills Practiced

This worksheet allows students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related types of purpose of a speech lesson
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as specific purpose and general purpose
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the types of purposes for a speech

Additional Learning

To learn more about the purposes of a speech, review the accompanying lesson titled General Purpose vs. Specific Purpose of a Speech. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Provide an example of a speech without a purpose
  • Explain the difference between general and specific purpose
  • Outline steps to find a purpose statement