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PHC | Rhetoric | Study Guide

COMM 110 Final Study Guide

Every student will draw one concept from the list below, and will be expected to discuss that concept in relation to one other idea below, in a single lucid, insightful and substantive 5 minute answer. Lucidity is a matter of economy and coherence; insight is gained through both careful study and taking time to reflect on the concepts with imagination; substance is achieved through using specific examples from lecture, etc. to develop your answer. In order to do well on this final, make the following "moves" in your answer: (1) Give an introductory remark or two to set the tone, motivate and preview your "speech." (2) Overview both concepts. (3) Elaborate on them individually. (4) Discuss their relation one to another. (5) Conclude, as you would any good speech, with a summary and a decisive close. Good luck!

  • Rhetoric in the Classical Liberal Arts education
  • Rhetoric as the cornerstone of liberal education; the "most humane of the humanities"
  • Art vs. Intuition
  • The Greek Conception of "Excellence" Categorical Syllogism
  • Mediate Inference
  • The Five Canons of Rhetoric
  • Enthymeme
  • Techne
  • Tallmon Model
  • Aristotle's Definition of Rhetoric
  • Validity vs. Truth
  • Aristotle's Three "Modes of Persuasion or Proof"
  • Ethos, Pathos & Logos Dialectic
  • Kairos Law of contradiction
  • To prepon
  • Common Material Fallacies
  • Sir Francis Bacon's definition of rhetoric
  • faculty psychology


  • Figures of speech
  • Schemes
  • Tropes

Learning rhetoric was, according to Aristotle and Plato, learning to speak the truth to fellow human beings in a way that respects their freedom and helps them achieve excellence.