Worksheet for the Aristotelian Modes of Persuasion in Cowspiracy
Appeals to Logos, Pathos, and Ethos
Read the questions before you watch the film. Answer each question in paragraph form. Your responses should be complete and comprehensive. Incorporate the question in each response. Be sure to use proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
1. Briefly describe what the film is about and the argument that it makes.
2. List six facts described in the film that impressed you and explain how each fact relates to the film's argument (logos).
3. What were the strongest logical arguments given in support of the film's position (logos)?
4. Did any of the reasoning given in support of the position advocated by the film seem to be weak or misleading? If so, describe the concept put forward in the film and why you thought the reasoning was flawed (logos).
5. As you watch the film, look for cinematic techniques such as the use of music, camera angle, color, scene juxtaposition, etc. Look for cinematic techniques used in presenting particular scenes that were designed to appeal to the viewer's emotions (pathos).
6. List three scenes in the film that appealed to your emotions (pathos).
7. How did the film use the element of ethos, or appeal to authority.
8. Describe a scene in the movie that serves as the cinematic equivalent of a concession (bringing up the opposing argument in order to refute it). (For extra credit, describe another.)
9. How well did the movie use the Aristotelian rhetorical appeals to: logos, pathos, and ethos? Did any one predominate over the others? Justify your response to the preceding question.
10. What is the call to action in this film? How do you think you will respond to that call? Describe your reasons.
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