Importance Of Figures Of Speech
Recall the definition. To answer this type of question, you would need to know the definition of the options given in the answers. First re-read the indicated sentence, decide on an answer in your head, and match that answer to the options given.
These questions are asking you “What does this sentence/phrase mean? What is its purpose?” To answer this type of question, you should quickly read the sentence before and the sentence after the specified line to help you pick up on context clues.
Knowing the definition of various figures of speech will help you answer questions about the effect of rhetorical choices. The best way to answer is to first decide what the figure of speech is before referring to the …show more content…
Determining the “how” is arguably the most important bit of work you will do as a good critical reader, because this is where the bulk of your evidence lies.
When considering an author’s purpose, take the whole of what they are saying. As mentioned before, you must analyze words used (what), the devices employed (how), the historical background (who), the social context (who).
How to approach organization and structure questions syntax and diction are essential in constructing meaning. Syntax, or sentence structure, can help to create or influence the structure of a larger work every paragraph will have a specific function and purpose in the text
Every piece will contain some kind of claim.
The counterclaim sets up and explains an alternate viewpoint, and the rebuttal completely demolishes it.
Argument → this structure will likely contain some central thesis and then a set of different forms of evidence to back it up.
Compare and Contrast → Again, as with argument, this can take many forms. But be aware of where the author uses similarities and …show more content…
a writer will emphasize the same concept repeatedly, particularly if s/he feels strongly about it or if the purpose of the text is clear and obvious.
If the evidence or the proof in a piece consistently points you in the same direction, there’s a pretty good chance that you have found the main idea -- the thing that the author is trying to prove or reinforce.
The key word here is evidence; you can claim that an author feels a certain way about a specific topic, but if you need to be able to point to instances in the text that explicitly support your assertion.
Inherent in your investigation of main idea will be a rich understanding of the author’s tone.
A tone can be neutral and professional, lacking in any words that indicate opinion or emotion, or it can be deeply vitriolic. Tone and attitude are important to your understanding of main idea because they help to create a full picture of how the author feels about the main idea.
How to approach rhetorical mode questions
“Rhetorical Mode” is simply a fancy way of saying “the way the author presents the subject.” they are heavily related to organization and structure as well as to rhetorical