The three-hour and fifteen-minute exam usually consists of a one-hour multiple-choice section and a two-hour and fifteen-minute free-response section.
Section I: Multiple-Choice (worth 45% of total score)
The multiple-choice questions test your ability to read closely and analyze the rhetoric of prose passages. Total scores on the multiple-choice section are based on the number of questions answered correctly. Points are not deducted for incorrect answers and no points are awarded for unanswered questions.
Section II: Free-Response (worth 55% of the total score)
After a fifteen-minute reading period, you'll have two hours write three essays to demonstrate your skill in composition. Free response questions require close reading, thoughtful rhetorical analysis, and purposeful argumentation, and include a synthesis question that tests your ability to effectively make an argument of your own by combining and citing several supplied sources, including at least one visual source.
Rhetorical Devices – Huh?
You likely already know many rhetorical devices:
metaphors, alliteration, suspense…
Why do writers use these strategies?
Check it out!! You’ll want to write this down…
Please go to the following website tonight:
There are trees (strategies) and flowers (devices) there.
Make sure you have a sense of what both of those are…
You must also bring an index card regarding your article. See next slide for details.
You must bring a hard copy of your article (printed offline or from a newspaper)
Ideally, we will cover local, national and international issues each week. I’m also hoping we will find a variety of features, long-form stories, blog articles, and editorials. We will see how the balance of articles plays out naturally. If we find ourselves with an imbalance of these types of writing and topics, I will organize our searches.