Speech Analysis Notes

  • Speech Analysis Notes

    1.    You must print a copy of the speech you are analyzing and include with the analysis questions.


    What is the speaker’s goal?

    a.    To educate

    b.    To motivate

    c.     To persuade

    d.    To entertain

    2.    What is the primary message being delivered? Summarize in 4-5 complete sentences.

    3.    Does the speaker use factual claims? (A claim that has been proven. It is verifiable.)

    If so, provide an example.

    4.    Does the speaker use logical fallacies? ((A claim that has an error in reasoning. The speaker’s theory is based on wrong information)

    If so, provide an example.

    5.    Does the speaker include loaded questions? (A question that assumes guilt. For example, “Have you stopped breaking the law?)

    If so, provide an example.

    6.    Does the speaker base the speech on an incorrect premise? (wrong information)

    If so, provide an example.

    7.    Are there any leading questions? ( A question that presumes guilt)

    If so, provide an example.

    8.    Are there any false assumptions? ( A question or statement based on an assumption, not fact)

    If so, provide an example.

    9.    What figurative language is included in the speech? You must include at least 2 examples and label. Responses must be in quotes.

    a.    Extended metaphors- a metaphor carried throughout the entire speech

    b.    Similes- making a comparison between two things using like, as, or than

    c.     Oxymoron-example: bitter sweet. To opposite words used together to create a specific feeling or tone

    d.    Personification- Giving human characteristics to non-living things

    e.    Anaphora- the repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of sentences or clauses


    10. Locate and write an example of the following sentence types found in your speech:
    - 1 complex sentence with an adverbial clause
    -1 complex sentence with an adjectival clause
    -1 compound sentence