This page is to help me with my studies in this course at NCTC. The primary text for this course is Practical Arguments: A Text and Anthology by Laurie Kirszner and Steve Mandell.
Rhetorical analysis checklist 
These questions are taken from page 80 of Practical Argument: A Text and Anthology.
- Who is the writer/speaker?
- Is there anything in the writer's background that might influence what is (or is not) included in the argument?
- What is the writer's purpose?
- What does the writer hope to achieve?
- What topic has the writer decided to write about?
- How broad is the topic?
- What situation created the need for the argument?
- At what points in the argument does the writer appeal to logic?
- To emotion?
- How does the writer try to establish his or her credibility?
- What is the argument's thesis?
- Where is it stated?
- How does the writer organise the argument?
- How effective is this arrangement of ideas?
- What evidence does the writer use to suport the argument?
- Does the writer use enough evidence?
- Does the writer use similes, metaphors, and allusions?
- Does the writer use parallelism, repetition, and rhetorical questions?
- Given your analysis, what is your overall assessment of the argument?
Final essay outline 
Essay should be at least 4 pages long and in MLA format. Also, it can be written in 1st person. I will attempt to cite references in the textbook.