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Rhetorical Analysis for Multiple Choice and Essay

Rhetorical analysis requires that a writer recognize rhetorical moves that an author makes to persuade his/her audience to do or to think something. The goal of a rhetorical analysis is to 1) desribe what is happening in the text, 2) identify why the author might have chosen to specific rhetorical techniques, and 3) explain how those rhetorical choices might affect the audience. Note: the third element is the most important to explain! An AP English Language and Composition course cultivates the reading and writing skills that students need for college success and for intellectually responsible civic engagement. The course guides students in becoming curious, critical, and responsive readers of diverse texts and becoming flexible, reflective writers of texts addressed to diverse audiences for diverse purposes. The reading and writing students do in the course should deepen and expand their understanding of how written language functions rhetorically: to communicate writers’ intentions and elicit readers’ responses in particular situations. To support these objectives, this AP English Language and Composition Course and Exam Description delineates the knowledge and skills colleges and universities typically expect students to demonstrate in order to receive credit for an introductory college composition course