430 FINAL Exam


Answer any ten of the following.


1.   If a student were to ask you what five terms from the study of classical rhetoric theory were critical to understand, what would they be an why?  You will be evaluated by the significance of your choice and the dept of your answer.

 2.  The use of the canons of rhetoric often is employed to analyze speeches.  This method often is called neo-Aristotelian criticism.  Is this label correct or incorrect (and why)?  If you believe the statement is incorrect, what are the assumptions underlying the specific different approaches that use the canons of rhetoric?

3.  In what ways did the second and first sophistic periods differ and in what ways were they similar?

4.  In what ways were the rhetorical teachings of St. Augustine essentially Ciceronian?

5.  To what extend were Quintilian’s contributions to the study of communication drawn from other sources (be specific) and to what extent were they unique?  Give specific examples of each.

6.   Why were the study of rhetoric and Christianity linked?

7.   What were the conditions that led to the rise and fall of syllogistic disputation in the study of rhetoric and the general university structure?

8.   How did Aristotle answer Plato’s charges against rhetoric?

9.      What useful lessons for the modern era can be drawn from the teachings of the pre-classical era?

10.  What were the attacks and charges typically made against the sophists and to what extent were they justified?

11.  How do the views of stasis differ from the works of Aristotle, Hermagoras, Cicero, and Hermogenes?

12.  Consider the types of oratory.  Identify them and describe how important they were during the following phases:  classical age of Greece, the Roman Republic period, the Roman Empire period (including the second sophistic period), and the period of the rise of Christianity through medieval times?

13.  What lessons does the modern study of communication need to know about classical rhetoric?  You will be evaluated on the significance of your question and the merit of your answer.