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9.8: Activities and Glossary
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- What are the four basic functions of introductions, and why are these functions important?
- List and give one original example of each of the ten attention-getting devices.
- What are three reasons why stories are effective as introductions?
- Why is humor both useful and dangerous at the same time?
- What is a preview statement, and why is it important as part of an introduction?
- What are the four basic functions of conclusions, and why are these functions important?
- Compare and contrast an appeal and a challenge. When would you use each technique?
- What does it mean to “follow the structure” in a conclusion?
- Why are introductions and conclusions prepared last?
- Review the following speech and then write a brief (150-200 words) analysis on how the speaker used (or did not use) effective introduction and conclusion techniques.
- Read Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address (http://americanrhetoric.com/speeches...urgaddress.htm) and then rewrite the introduction to use:
- Working with a partner, create at least five analogies that could be used as part of an effective introduction for any of the topics listed below
- Commonalities of the world’s major religions
- Dealing with gaming addiction
- Selecting a college
- Why the penny should be eliminated
- My worst first date
- Protecting your identity online and offline
- Making the perfect lasagna
- The three most important factors in choosing an automobile
- The dangers of radon
- Traveling through Europe on a budget