Malcolm X: “The Ballot or the Bullet”



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Malcolm X: “The Ballot or the Bullet”

[1] What can you infer about what Malcolm X means when he states that everything is pointing towards “the ballot or the bullet?”

[2] Why would Malcolm X feel the need to identify the religious backgrounds of himself and his fellow abolitionist advocates in this paragraph?

[3] Which rhetorical device is most effectively employed?


How does Malcolm’s X’s persuasive strategy differ from that of Douglass?
Which of these strategies would you consider to be more persuasive? Why?

[4] What is Malcolm X urging his audience to do in this section? Why?


Which line is most impacting and why?
[5] Analyze the sentence structure utilized in this section and determine its function.

[6] Analyze the use of word connotation in this section.

[7] What is his main persuasive point in this section?

[8] What does he metaphorically compare the state of African “Americans” to?


Who is he referring to with his use of the pronoun “you”?

[9] Which rhetorical device is utilized in this section and what is its function?


[10] What is his main persuasive point in this section?
[11] Analyze the rhetorical devices utilized and their function.
[12] Analyze the function of each of the following devices: rhetorical questions, parallel structure, anaphora, word connotation.
[13] Analyze the function of asyndeton and antithesis in this section.

[14] What is his main idea in this section?


What is the function of antistrophe?
[15] Analyze the function of antistrophe, anaphora, and asyndeton in this section.
[16] What persuasive tactic/tone does he develop in this section?

[17] Does this section appeal to ethos, pathos, and/or logos? Why?


[19] Who does he target as the enemy in this section? Who are they?

[20] How does Malcolm X characterize the “white man” in this section? What rhetorical devices does he use to do so?



Malcolm X: “The Ballot or the Bullet”

1. What are the main rhetorical devices utilized in section 21?
a. anaphora and antithesis
b. anaphora and antistrophe
c. asyndeton and antithesis
d. polysyndeton and metaphor

2. Which rhetorical devices are utilized in section 22?


a. word connotation and polysyndeton
b. anaphora and rhetorical questions
c. anaphora
d. all of the above

3. Which rhetorical devices are utilized in section 23?


a. anaphora
b. antistrophe
c. rhetorical questions
d. all of the above

4. Section 23 is mainly an appeal to


a. ethos
b. pathos
c. logos
d. all of the above

5. The main rhetorical devices utilized throughout section 24 is


a. antithesis and allusion
b. rhetorical questions and antistrophe
c. anadiplosis and metaphor
d. all of the above

6. Section 25 is mainly an appeal to


a. ethos
b. pathos
c. logos
d. all of the above

7. The rhetorical device utilized to create tone in this section is


a. rhetorical questions
b. anaphora
c. anadiplosis
d. metaphor

8. In section 27, Malcolm X utilizes


a. appeal to pathos
b. irony
c. anaphora
d. all of the above

9. Section 28 is mainly an appeal to


a. ethos
b. pathos
c. logos
d. all of the above
10. The persuasive tactic utilized in section 30 is
a. appeal to ethos
b. irony
c. antithesis
d. all of the above

Malcolm X: “The Ballot or the Bullet”

Review Malcolm X’s speech from section 30 – end.

1. Determine the most persuasive section. Complete a close reading of that section and determine the rhetoric utilized as well as its function.


2. Then, complete this analysis chart and analyze the speech as a whole. Determine its level of persuasiveness on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest). Remember to take his audience into consideration before making this judgment.



Rhetorical Device: Function:

















3. Would you consider his writing style more or less persuasive than Frederick Douglass in the journey towards civil rights? Why or why not?


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