By Jeanne Fahnestock
Whilst it used to be first released in 1982, A Rhetoric of Argument built a ground-breaking new method of instructing argument. The stasis method pioneered by means of Fahnestock and Secor extraordinary one of the 4 easy questions that arguments are written to answer:
What is it? (Definition arguments) How did it get that method? (Causal arguments) Is it reliable or undesirable? (Evaluation arguments) What may still we do approximately it? (Proposal arguments)
These 4 questions, now ordinary in lots of argument texts, supply scholars a confident, attractive option to research readings by means of different writers and to build their very own arguments.
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Claims about the nature of things connect a subject to a predicate in one of the following ways: The subject is included in the predicate ("Housework is a form of exercise"), has something to do with the predicate ("Love is often an illusion"), or is completely separated from the predicate ("No Mercury astronauts were scientists"). You Make More Claims Than You Think Claims about the nature of things do not always come neatly packaged in subject-linking verb-predicate form like the examples given above.
But the difference in a "most" argument is your stronger assumption that your examples are typical of the whole. For example, you have no reason to believe that the chows that bit you were in any way unusual; they had different kinds of owners and led different kinds of lives in different places, so you use them as "typical" examples to support a proposition about "most" chows. How do you argue the "typicality" of your examples? A new tactic is called for in a "most" argument-an appeal to the essence or defining characteristics of a thing.
But you need not go out of your way to talk about every negative reaction you have ever had to a course or instructor. Much better to make a virtue out of exactly what you are, a person with very diverse tastes and talents, a generalist in a world of specialists. You realize that a decision in your favor will have a great deal to do with how your audience perceives your character. In order to build a positive character for yourself in the eyes of your audience, it may be wise simply to describe positive experiences in the most diverse of your courses, like the botany course in which you made a special catalog of the flora in the fields north of campus or the history course in which you researched the nineteenth-century town from which some of your ancestors emigrated.