Description: Understanding Rhetoric Analyze an author’s use of rhetoric in a text.
Maps to Reading Plus skills: 6B


6B: Recognizing Persuasion

6B: Recognizing Persuasion

Description: Recognizing Persuasive Devices

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Selection: J-17


Grade level: 10
Word count: 2251 words
Author: Guy de Maupassant
Synopsis: Simple actions may sometimes lead to unexpected, dire consequences.
Excerpt: The good man was choking with indignation and fear. "How can he tell -- how can he tell such lies as that to slander an honest man! How can he?" But his protestations were in vain. He was not believed.

He was confronted with M. Malandain, who repeated and sustained his testimony. They railed at one another for an hour. At his own request, Monsieur Hauchecorne was searched. Nothing was found on him.

At last the mayor, much perplexed, sent him away, warning him that he would inform the public prosecutor and ask for orders.

Question: Based on this excerpt, the author intends for readers to develop
  1. empathy for Hauchecorne.
  2. admiration toward the mayor.
  3. malice toward Hauchecorne.
  4. jealousy for Malandain.

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Writing prompt: Give examples of the use of rhetoric in a selection and tell how it influenced your interpretation of the selection's ideas or themes.


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