Rhetorical Question Speech assignment

Rhetorical Question Speech


Like Atticus Finch, Sojourner Truth was a speaker and author of principled commitment to causes for which she felt great personal passion.  For this assignment, you will compose, using Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I a Woman?” as a model, a speech of comparable intent and length on a serious topic about which you feel passionately.  Your speech must include the following elements:

*      A basic rhetorical question that expresses a fundamental point in the speech.  This question must be repeated at least three times within the speech.

*      An example each of parallelism, hyperbole, and allusion.  (The repetition of your rhetorical question does not count as parallelism.)

*      Any two of the following rhetorical devices: alliteration, assonance, apostrophe, personification, metonymy, synedoche, onomatopoeia, oxymoron

*      At least one metaphor, at least one simile.

Your speech should have a logos of rational argument, an ethos of passionate commitment,  and a pathos that addresses both hostile and sympathetic audiences.  Select a topic of serious import, a topic about which you feel strongly, a topic which affects more than just you personally.


We will have a speech workday in class Monday, March 11.  Speeches will be presented in class Thursday, March 21, and Friday, March 22, with the written evaluation submission due Friday, March 15.