30 Questions for Speeches Module B

Module B is generally the toughest section out of all the modules due to the specificity of the questions the examiners can ask you.

In order to help you prepare, here are 30 questions on Speeches for you to practice on. If you struggle with writing essays, feel free to check out the guide on Writing a 20/20 HSC Essay

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Question 1

An inherent tension between the actual and the possible is revealed through the development of ideas in a speech.

To what extent does your interpretation of Anwar Sadat’s Speech to the Israeli Knesset and at least one other speech align with this view?

Question 2

Compose a speech aimed at an audience of senior students that persuades them of the enduring appeal of your prescribed text.

Make detailed reference to at least TWO of the speeches set for study.

Question 3

“The duty of rhetoric is to apply reason to imagination for the better moving of the will.” Francis Beacon

How has the above statement and your critical study of the speeches informed your understanding of the value of rhetorical appeal in speeches?

Question 4

The purpose of a speech is to simply express an opinion.

To what extent is this true? In your response make detailed reference to at least TWO speeches that have been set for study.

Question 5

Great speeches can change or challenge the events of history.

Explore this statement in relation to Anwar Sadat and Paul Keating’s speeches.

You must incorporate two perspectives of others and discuss how this has informed your own understanding of the speeches.

Question 6

The continuing appeal of any speech is that people also care about the issues raised.

To what extent does this statement reflect your response to the speeches set for study?

Question 7

Great speeches have the power to move people across time.

Discuss this statement in relation to at least TWO of the speeches set for study.

Question 8

The significance of a text lies in its enduring power to move readers in different ways.

To what extent is this true in light of the critical study of your prescribed text.

Question 9

An effective speech successfully addresses a specific audience.

Analyse two of the speeches you have studied, demonstrating how the speaker reveals a clear understanding of his or her audience.

Question 10

A valuable text has something to say and says it well.

How valid is this claim, considering the different contexts in which a text can be received? In your response compare your personal evaluation with one other perspective on your text.

Question 11

How has considering other interpretations of the prescribed speeches helped you develop your own appreciation of the textual integrity of the speeches?

In your response you should consider the ideas, language techniques and structure of at least TWO speeches prescribed for study.

Question 12

A key aspect of the prescribed speeches’ ongoing appeal is their writers’ use of meaningful structure. In your view, to what extent does the structure contribute to the appeal of the prescribed speeches?

In your response you should consider the ideas, language techniques and structure of at least TWO speeches prescribed for study.

Question 13

A text has value if it creates opportunities for change, while maintaining its core values.

In your response you should consider the ideas, language techniques and structure of at least TWO speeches prescribed for study.

Question 14

Write a series of three or four reflections that demonstrate how your understanding of effective speech making changed and developed during the process of your critical study. Base your reflections on a detailed examination of two or three of the speeches from the prescribed list.

Question 15

How is your personal response to speeches shaped by a perception of the passion of the speaker?

In your answer, refer to THREE of the speeches set for study.

Question 16

The value of great speeches is that they continue to speak to us.

How do they do this? In your response, refer to at least TWO speeches.

Question 17

To what extent does the rhetoric used by a speaker reflect the values of the speaker and the social and cultural context in which he or she is speaking?

In your response you should consider the ideas, language techniques and structure of at least TWO speeches prescribed for study.

Question 18

Two people who value your prescribed text in different ways and for different reasons are having a conversation. Compose their conversation, which should include consideration of the structure, language and ideas using at least TWO speeches.

Question 19

Compose an argument for or against the topic: “Every text has a use-by-date”.

In your response you should consider the ideas, language techniques and structure of at least TWO speeches prescribed for study.

Question 20

Interpretations of texts can shift and change with time and place.

Considering your time and place, reflect on the ways in which context has shaped your critical interpretation of the prescribed text.

In your response, make close reference to your prescribed text.

Question 21

To what extent has your personal response to the speeches been shaped by the enduring power of their intellectual and artistic qualities? Support your evaluation with a close analysis of TWO speeches.

Question 22

Ultimately, in these speeches, it is the representation of deeply held ideals that captivates audiences. Explore the representation of at least ONE deeply held ideal, evaluating its significance in at least TWO speeches prescribed for study.

Question 23

In your view, how have rhetorical techniques been used to reveal memorable ideas in the speeches set for study? Support your view with detailed reference to at least TWO of the speeches set for study.

Question 24

Through their portrayal of human experience, the speeches you have studied reinforce the significance of justice.

To what extent is this true? In your response you should consider the ideas, language techniques and structure of at least TWO speeches prescribed for study.

Question 25

The speeches set for study continue to engage readers through its rhetorical treatment of human aspirations and beliefs.

In light of your critical study, does this statement resonate with your own interpretation of these speeches?

Question 26

Imagine you have been asked by the HSC Board of Studies to review the selection of speeches. The board has asked from students’ recommendations on which speeches should be included or excluded in the future.

Write a response to the board discussing at least TWO of the speeches that you have studied in the HSC course, critiquing their suitability and recommending their inclusion or exclusion in the future. The response will focus on how ideas presented in the speeches are shaped to have an impact on the responder.

Question 27

Your class has been exploring the question “What will continue to make the selected speeches worthy of critical study?” Your personal response has been challenged by another student. Defend your response through a critical evaluation of your prescribed text, analysing the construction, context and language of the text. In your response, refer to THREE speeches you have studied.

Question 28

Imagine you have been asked to speak to a group of young people, who are studying a course on the art of public speaking.

Write the text of your talk on effective speech making, supporting the ideas you present with specific reference to the speeches set for critical study this year.

Question 29

You have been asked to train actors to present TWO of the speeches set for study.

Write your explanation of how the speeches should be presented and your reasons for the directions you give the actors.

Question 30

Outstanding public speeches have varying goals and are for varying audiences.

Analyse, using examples from at least THREE of the speeches studied, the ways in which memorable speeches are crafted to achieve their purpose.

In your answer, you MUST consider Paul Keating’s Redfern Speech.

 

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