Structure of the speech

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1. Given the speaking situation structures provided in Chapter 5 of the text, what structure would you say this speech follows? What words or sections in the speech tell you this?
A/ Iwould say that President Carter’s message was delivered in the tell/sell structure. The first thing I noticed is that from the first minute he used an effective opening that grabbed the attention of thepublic. When he said that never talked about dreams, hopes and vision of the future, I could feel people making themselves more comfortable in their chairs.
After this he started the “giving aprecious” speech by mentioning how he met different people from different cultural and economic backgrounds in the country. He made the audience feel as if they were involved in the talk and the level ofinterest from the audience rose. He also delivered a great closing because he made everyone feel guilty about the energy crisis. He called the people to act like a unit and to be part of the plansupporting him and America when he said: “I will do my best, but I will not do it alone. Let your voice be heard. Whenever you have a chance, say something good about our country. With God’s help and forthe sake of our nation, it is time for us to join hands in America. Let us commit ourselves together to a rebirth of the American spirit. Working together with our common faith we cannot fail.” (JimmyCarter; Energy and the National Goals – A crisis of Confidence)

2. What main points to be addressed are stated clearly at the start of the speech?
A/ The main point to be addressed byCarter was the loss of confidence by Americans in their government.

3. How does the tone of the speaker impact your listening/perception/reception of the
words being spoken?
A/This is avery interesting question about Carter’s speech. His tone was not imposing or authoritarian. He sounded disappointed and when he was reading the words from the citizens, he was smiling which came...
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