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Exclamation Crucial Essay Problem (Exam TOMORROW)! - December 9th 2009, 02:54 AM

I understand a lot of people have final exams and I completely understand!

However, I have a problem with my essay...and it's a question really.

I have to compare two essays and then explain which one is better and why. The paper that I like has rhetorical questions in it, but my question is:

Would rhetorical questions be considered an essay's organization?

My three body paragraphs are on the essay's organization, metaphors/similes, and hopefully rhetorical questions. The rhetorical questions are significant to the paper.

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Re: Crucial Essay Problem (Exam TOMORROW)! - December 9th 2009, 03:28 AM

When you're talking about the paper's organization, what do you mean exactly? Like syntax, diction, etc.? Because rhetorical questions would definitely be their own thing in that case. I'd consider it a technique the author uses to be persuasive (if that's the situation), and therefore not under organization.
Unless I'm misunderstanding the organization paragraph...?
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Re: Crucial Essay Problem (Exam TOMORROW)! - December 9th 2009, 03:38 AM

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When you're talking about the paper's organization, what do you mean exactly? Like syntax, diction, etc.? Because rhetorical questions would definitely be their own thing in that case. I'd consider it a technique the author uses to be persuasive (if that's the situation), and therefore not under organization.
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Thanks for your response!

For the organization, I got that one essay is more negative, one essay has sentence fragments, and I had rhetorical questions but I didn't know what it goes to.
   
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Re: Crucial Essay Problem (Exam TOMORROW)! - December 9th 2009, 04:05 AM

Ohh I see. You could actually do each of those as a paragraph, if you really wanted. Like, one paragraph for the negative, one for the sentence fragments, and one for rhetorical questions, along with the other 2 you already had...
Kind of becomes a lot of paragraphs though. I think those things might go under style? Damn, I miss AP English. I've already forgotten all my lit terms.
Anyway, I at least would feel confident keeping rhetorical questions separate. Haha. Good luck!
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Re: Crucial Essay Problem (Exam TOMORROW)! - December 9th 2009, 04:09 AM

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Re: Crucial Essay Problem (Exam TOMORROW)! - December 9th 2009, 04:34 AM

Does it have to be the basic three-body paragraph design because if not, then I'd probably opt to make it a few paragraphs longer simply so I can put in enough detail without having the paragraph be either too long or too vague. I'm assuming you're using quotes from the papers so if you're going to explain what they mean and then integrate them, you may want to use more paragraphs.

If I were you though, I'd leave the rhetorical questions to the end because they'd presumably be tackling a much larger picture, whereas the metaphors and smilies tackle more precise and very focused pictures. Also, depending on the context of the rhetorical questions, if they contain any metaphors, smilies or other things, then you want to have that analysis laid out already and not to have it done after or during because it tends to be confusing for the reader.

I'd also leave an entire paragraph just for saying which is better and why. What you can do is compare the sentence structure, metaphors, etc... in both and along the way analyze it at the level of metaphors, structure, etc... . As a concluding paragraph you basically draw on each level and give you overall reasoning as to which is better and why but if you are to do this, then you should clearly state the levels of comparison at each level of both essays in the body paragraphs. If you don't, then you're introducing brand new ideas and arguments in your conclusion, which is going to be pretty bad if you want high marks.
   
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Re: Crucial Essay Problem (Exam TOMORROW)! - December 9th 2009, 07:15 AM

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Does it have to be the basic three-body paragraph design because if not, then I'd probably opt to make it a few paragraphs longer simply so I can put in enough detail without having the paragraph be either too long or too vague. I'm assuming you're using quotes from the papers so if you're going to explain what they mean and then integrate them, you may want to use more paragraphs.

If I were you though, I'd leave the rhetorical questions to the end because they'd presumably be tackling a much larger picture, whereas the metaphors and smilies tackle more precise and very focused pictures. Also, depending on the context of the rhetorical questions, if they contain any metaphors, smilies or other things, then you want to have that analysis laid out already and not to have it done after or during because it tends to be confusing for the reader.

I'd also leave an entire paragraph just for saying which is better and why. What you can do is compare the sentence structure, metaphors, etc... in both and along the way analyze it at the level of metaphors, structure, etc... . As a concluding paragraph you basically draw on each level and give you overall reasoning as to which is better and why but if you are to do this, then you should clearly state the levels of comparison at each level of both essays in the body paragraphs. If you don't, then you're introducing brand new ideas and arguments in your conclusion, which is going to be pretty bad if you want high marks.
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Yeah man I'm doing the rhetorical last, and I don't know what you mean by a high-mark...but I'm just shooting for a low B. The extra paragraph sounds like a good idea, but I've been doing essays the minimal way all my life, like the last sentence pretty much sums up why I wrote that whole paragraph. It has to be at LEAST five paragraphs...that's what the instructions say, so of course...most people in my class, including myself, are going to do the bare minimal. I'm not good with exams so I'd probably fuck up the conclusion and the extra paragraph and make it seem repetitive and my college professor would be like "what are you doing with this paragraph, you don't need this paragraph" and he would cross the whole thing off and fuck up my grade. I'll try that stuff on another essay, cause it's some good stuff man, but I'm just doing the minimal work with a little spice and just hope for a B. lol

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