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Instructions:

  • Choose a prominent figure, celebrity, organization, etc.
  • Use this worksheet to build an Ethos Analysis.
  • Analyze your source by examining each component of Prior and Derived Ethos.
  • Write a 1-2 page analysis examining three aspects of their Prior and Derived Ethos.
    • State a claim, (Ex: This person has a bad reputation because of three factors…) then use evidence to support each claim.

Prior Ethos

Reputation:

  • What is the reputation of the source, speaker, or organization?
  • Is it positive or negative and why?
  • How has this reputation been created?
  • Provide examples and evidence to support your claims.
  • Knowledge and intelligence
  • Does the source display wisdom and knowledge about the subject in either the past or present? How so?
  • Provide examples and evidence to support your claims.

Context:

  • What is the event/place/context where the debate/statement takes place?
  • Does the context affect the credibility of either party?
    • Did they have to write this article on the smoking ban?
    • Did they make this movie about the negative side of SeaWorld for profit?
    • Is it appropriate to talk about the size of one’s genitals during a Presidential debate?
  • Does the source display virtue and good moral character?
    • Do they associate themselves with things that are virtuous (courage, fairness, temperance, kindness, patience)?
    • Do they use “tempered praise”?
    • Do they use personal experience to demonstrate good (or bad) moral character?
    • Are they sincere in their delivery?
  • Do they develop a positive rapport between the speaker and the audience?
  • Do they demonstrate dynamic delivery?

EX:

  • Provide examples and evidence to support your claims.
  • Provide examples and evidence to support your claims.

Appearance:

  • Does their appearance affect their credibility in any way?
  • Provide examples and evidence to support your claims.

THIS WONT BE A FACTOR IF YOU DON’T/CAN’T WITNESS THEIR APPEARANCE.

Derived Ethos

Sagacity

Character

Good Will

  • Are they manipulative in any way?
  • Do they insult their audience in any way?
  • Are they respectful of their audience?
  • Provide examples and evidence to support your claims.

Dynamism

  • Is your source familiar with their ideas?
  • Are they committed to their topic?
  • If you can view their delivery, are they energetic, interactive, conversational, and natural?
  • Do they seem prepared?
  • Provide examples and evidence to support your claims.

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