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Evaluating a Speech Worksheet

Directions: Identify the use of logos, ethos and pathos in the speech. First, cite specific lines from the speech. Then, indicate whether the lines are an example of logos, ethos or pathos. Finally, explain the impact the lines are intended to have on the audience. One example has been completed for you.

Lines from the Speech




Impact on the Audience

We are confronted primarily with a moral issue. It is as old as the Scriptures and is as clear as the American Constitution.


Kennedy lets the audience know that they are facing a battle that has been around for hundreds of years.

1. One hundred years of delay have passed since President Lincoln freed the slaves, yet their heirs, their grandsons, are not fully free. They are not yet freed from the bonds of injustice. They are not yet freed from social and economic oppression.


Kennedy brings up the fact that laws have already been put in place to avoid the issue being presented.

2. This Nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.


Kennedy is letting the audience know that all races started the Nation and it shouldn’t matter if they have different color skin. Kennedy is trying to make the audience love one another regardless of race.

3. That they were admitted peacefully on the campus is due in good measure to the conduct of the students of the University of Alabama, who met their responsibilities in a constructive way.

4. This is not a sectional issue. Difficulties over segregation and discrimination exist in every city, in every State of the Union,


Kennedy is addressing the situation of racial diversity and how it isn’t in just one part of the world, but everywhere.

5. I'm also asking the Congress to authorize the Federal Government to participate more fully in lawsuits designed to end segregation in public education.


Kennedy asks the audience to take action and put a halt to the separation in school systems.

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