Rhetorical Device Project

1st Group 6

Leading Questions

Definition

A leading question is one where the answer is suggested in the question itself.

Examples

"Have you stopped yelling at your wife?"

"How drunk were you last night?"

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Scare Tactic

Definition

A strategy intended to influence public reaction by the exploitation of fear.

Examples

A rabid liberal sympathizer shouts: “If this man gets elected, he’ll change your welfare benefits. Don’t let those Washington bureaucrats tinker with your food stamps!”


Anti-drug TV commercial: “This is your brain. These are drugs. This is your brain on drugs.”

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Caricatures

Definition

Noun) A picture, desc. , or imitation of a person or thing in which certain striking characteristics are exaggerated in order to create a comic or grotesque effect.
Verb) Make or give a comically or grotesquely exaggerated representation of someone or something.

Examples

“Over the course of the last several weeks, commentators have taken to portraying Mr. Obama as clinical and insufficiently emotive, which is really just another way of saying the president is not really knowable. It is a caricature his opponents can exploit in part because a lot of voters remain murky on his cultural identity.”


Caricature arises from the forcing and the embellishment of the basic rule of good description, that is, the principle of the dominant impression.