There are two parts to this assignment. The first regards the topics of the preferable that are on pages 138, 139, 140. Each is a generalized pattern of thought.
The first topic is what is scarcer is more valuable than what is abundant if value is the issue. A sentence that exemplifies that pattern might be, I’d pay $100 for an autographed copy of a book I wouldn’t pay $10 for with no signature. The signed volume is much more rare than the unsigned volumes, right? So, it’s worth more.
The second topic is what is abundant is better than what is scarce if the thing in question needs to be useful. Eg, If I was hiking the Appalachian trail, I’d rather have a jar of peanut butter than a tin of caviar. (Peanut butter is nutrient dense, far more calorically abundant than caviar [I’m assuming; I should Google that]) I’d be burning more than 5000 calories a day on the trail. And I’d have to carry everything I had. So, nutrient dense is better in that case.
The third topic:
What is more difficult is preferable to what is easier once it is accomplished. What gives a person a better sense of accomplishment, a 5 mile bike ride on the Silver Comet Trail or a 10 mile hike on the Appalachian trail? Well, I’d be proud of myself for accomplishing either, but given how much harder 10 miles walking on rough terrain is vs riding on a paved surface, I’d be prouder sitting down to my peanut butter sandwich at the end of 10 miles on the AT than at the end of a 5 mile bike ride. In other words, the harder something is, the more people feel good about accomplishing it. If it was easy, you wouldn’t place much value in it at all.
For the assignment, try to come up with an example for each of the 35 topics. If the sentence is self-explanatory, leave it at that. If you think I might not get it offer the explanation like I did above.
The second part of the assignment is to create a list of sentences out of the words listed in the indented paragraph on page 140. Those words are descent, money, friends, relatives, etc. Imagine you need to write a speech in praise of someone. You want everyone in the audience to think, wow this person is really great. What do you talk about. Well, according to rhetorical tradition you would consider what you could say using each of the words in the list.
Were they born with money or did they earn it? If born with it, then you would say something like growing up they had the best of everything but they never took anything for granted.
For friends you might say, at college they joined the #flb sorority. Or maybe, they made friends with everyone in their classes, the most promising and the least.
And so on.
You aren’t writing the whole speech. Just an outline composed of single sentences that you would, presumably elaborate on when you gave the actual speech.
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