2.10 Rhetorical Modes: End-of-Chapter Exercises

[1]End-of-Chapter Exercises

  1. The thesis statement is a fundamental element of writing regardless of which rhetorical mode you are using. Formulate one more thesis for each of the modes discussed in this chapter.
  2. Which rhetorical mode seems most aligned with who you are as a writer? That is, which mode seems most useful to you? Explain why in a paragraph.
  3. During the research this semester, look closely at the texts and articles you read. Document in a journal which type of rhetorical mode is being used in each source. Sometimes an entire article may rely on only one rhetoical mode; however, others may use multiple modes. The more you can detect various ways of communicating ideas, the easier it will be to do it yourself.


  1. 2.10 (except where otherwise noted) was borrowed with edits and additions from Writing for Success which was adapted from a work produced and distributed under a Creative Commons license (CC BY-NC-SA) in 2011 by a publisher who has requested that they and the original author not receive attribution.This adapted edition is produced by the University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing.


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