The assignment is to write a short essay in responding to the speech that was given by Dwight David Eisenhower on January 17th. Which you will assess and critique this speech. You will want to listen, watch and read the [url removed, login to view]’ll need to look past the primitive black-and-white video tape with an eye and ear on such questions as:
1) What do you assess Eisenhower’s standpoint to be? (Consult our text for more on standpoint). Is his standpoint consistent with that of a career military man? If so, explain. If not, why not? Use examples from the speech to support your opinion.
2) What sort of speech is this? Is it informative, persuasive, invitational, or something else? It is one or more of these things and yet it is also a Special Occasion speech. What kind?
3) What were his goals? And what sort of language did he use – concrete or abstract or both? Cite examples. Was his delivery appropriate – meaning his pacing pitch, vocal variety, etc.?
4) Is it well-reasoned? That is to say, does he engage in any fallacies? If so, are they intentional? Is he being honest or he is trying to twist his language to make is point? What was his ethos? Did his speech have logos? Despite his rather dry delivery, what evidence do you see of pathos, if at all?
5) What sorts of questions is he addressing: questions of value, fact, or policy (or all three)?
6) Does he seem well prepared, rehearsed and practiced? How, if at all, does he use gestures to emphasize his points? Such as?
The assignment NEEDS TO BE IN THE FORM OF AN ESSAY. BEGIN WITH AN INTRODUCTORY OVERVIEW – JUST AS YOU WOULD IN A SPEECH – IN WHICH YOU IDENTIFY WHAT IS BEING DISCUSSED AND OFFER A PREVIEW OF YOUR ESSAY. Times New Roman 12pt, double-spaced, 1" margins. APA form.
I mandate no minimum or maximum length. However, if you only have a page or two (double-spaced, 12 pt. Times Roman) that will probably be too short. More than four or five is probably too long.
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