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MLK vs. Old Major's speeches

Comparing the Speeches questions (for Venn diagram):

  1. What word does MLK use to address his audience? Old Major? How does he refer to them?

  2. When Old Major and Dr. King address their audience with the words listed about, what effect does that have? What rhetorical strategy are they using? Explain.

  3. What are the speakers attempting to inspire their audiences to do?
  4. How are Dr. King and Old Major’s messages similar? Different?
  5. Describe the specific conditions at the time of the speech. Who was benefitting from the conditions at the time?
  6. PROVE UNFAIRNESS: Who is suffering at the time of the speech? Provide evidence.
  7. What is the CALL TO ACTION? What do Old Major and MLK want their specific audiences to do?

"I Have a Dream" Speech Questions (for those not here last Thursday):

  1. The “rule of three” is a principle in writing that suggests that things that come in threes are naturally more satisfying. Where do you see the “rule of three” in each of the speeches?
  2. A rhetorical question is when someone asks a question that is not meant to be answered, but to set up for the next piece of information and answer the question himself. What rhetorical questions can you find in the speeches? What effect comes from these rhetorical questions?
  3. How does each speaker use figurative language (metaphor, similes, analogies, allusions, etc.)
  4. What does each speaker say must be done to achieve fairer conditions?
  5. How do the speakers use song effectively/ineffectively in their speeches?
  6. **What words help create the TONE in the speech? Identify 10 that you think are the best examples.


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