Take-Home Final: Rhetorical Analysis
Length Requirement: approximately 1000 words
Due Date: 23 April 2021, 11:59pm (online submission via Blackboard)
Write a rhetorical analysis of Kimberley McLeod’s essay “When Canada Goes Viral: The
Canada Party and the Circulation of Political Satire” following the method outlined in the
video lectures, as described in Chapter 8 of our textbook, The Active Reader. You will find
McLeod’s essay on pages 194-199 of The Active Reader.
Your essay should introduce the essay and summarize its main points and its thesis. Your essay
should also define and discuss the techniques and strategies the article uses to build its argument
and evaluate the quality and success of this argument. You are not required to use any other
sources, but if you do mention the work of another writer, make sure to document it correctly.
Remember, the majority of your essay should be devoted to your analysis and evaluation,
breaking down the text for your reader, explaining what techniques the author uses to make his
points, and evaluating his success in making his claims.
See the lectures from Week 12 to Week 14 (on Blackboard) for pointers on structuring the
essay. Remember that you should have 3 distinct sections in the body of your essay (summary,
analysis, and evaluation).
Guidelines for Submission:
You are expected to set the essay up as an MLA or APA document and to use short quotations
from the essay to support your points. Make sure you cite the text correctly, using either APA or
MLA style and provide a bibliography.
As explained on the syllabus, this exam is worth 20% of your final grade.
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