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Rhetorical Devices Exercise
Name _________________________________________
Date ___________________________
Directions: Write the rhetorical device(s) used in each of the following examples.
1. We do not ride on the railroad; it rides upon us.___________________________________________
2. Can you not baffle the impatience and the passion of the child by your tranquility?_______________
3. Quit talking about Lebron and Wade! (2)_________________________________________________
4. I would try to teach them…. I would try to make them know…. I would try to make each child
know…. I would teach him…. (2)__________________________________________________________
5. We are only dust. ___________________________________________________________________
6. She turned towards me, laughed, walked off into the woods. _______________________________
7. I’m gonna run to the store, cuz the fridge is about empty. ___________________________________
8. The ice storm, the beautiful monster, knocked out the electricity.(2) __________________________
9. The woods seemed to breathe a sigh of relief._____________________________________________
10. “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”______________
11. A man can live, but he cannot live forever.________________________________________________
12. He was the man who knew everything about science, a veritable genius._______________________
13. She cried the whole day.______________________________________________________________
14. She was a mother and a wife and a best friend. ___________________________________________
15. The lady was rescued from Walden Pond after a “Thoreau” search. (2)_________________________
16. Mercutio to Romeo: “I am a grave man.” ________________________________________________
17. It wasn’t the worst conversation I’ve ever had. ___________________________________________
18. “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.” (2)_____________________________________
19. Write using all the rhetorical devices you have learned – ethos, logos, pathos. (2)________________
20. He was John wandering in the wilderness. (2)_____________________________________________
21. All hands on deck. ___________________________________________________________________
22. He was a cheerful pessimist. __________________________________________________________
23. I’m so mad I could—that noise is driving me crazy!_________________________________________
24. New principals of Madison Central, we welcome you. ______________________________________
25. He’s got a nice set of wheels. __________________________________________________________
26. … a new gene ration of Americans born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and
bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage…. ________________________________________________
27. He got a talking-to when he got home. __________________________________________________
28. “Wherein any man is bold – I am speaking foolishly – I also am bold….Are they ministers in Christ? I –
to speak as a fool – am more.” ___________________________________________________________
29. Some like hamburgers with ketchup, some with mustard. __________________________________
30. This is the worst lie you have ever—Julia, are you listening to me? ___________________________
31. I needed to get out of Bethlehem, out of my skin, my skull, and the ghost of my family. __________
32. I’d rather have chocolate than any other food. I’d rather have chocolate than money. ___________
33. My father cried harder than anyone else. He laughed harder than anyone else. My dad lived more
than anyone else. ______________________________________________________________________
34. Slow and steady wins the race. ___________________ _____________________________________
35. “Don’t give up; don’t ever give up.” –Jimmy Valvano _______________________________________
36. I don’t like giving up; giving up is not my style. ____________________________________________
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