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COM 557, Spring 2011 – Reading Guide Questions for February 22


For Snedaker & Scheutz:

1. p. 465: So what's the big deal about opening statements?

2. pp. 466- 467: What's it mean to study opening statements as a genre?

3. also pp. 466-467: What's it mean to say that an openig statement is a narrative argument?

4. p. 468: What do rhetorical genre scholars mean by form?  What is the form of opening statements?

5. pp. 468-469:  What do rhetorical scholars genre mean by content?  What is the content of opening statements?

6. pp. 469- 470: What do rhetorical scholars genre mean by content?  What is the content of opening statements?

7. pp. 470-471: What do rhetorical scholars genre mean by style?  What is the optimal style of opening statements?

8. pp. 472-474: How do the attorneys in the two trials shape their narratives?  Why do they make these choices?

9. pp. 474-476: What are the key content choices the attorneys make?  Why do they make these choices?

10.  pp. 475-477: What are the key stylistic choices the attorneys make?  Why do they make these choices?

11. pp. 477-479: How do Snedaker and Schuetz evaluate these choices in terms  of the genre's standards

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