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In Topic 7, you will create a 15-20-slide PowerPoint presentation that analyzes a famous Western political speech.
For this assignment:
1) Choose a speech transcript, audio, or video from the list provided in this document. Any speech not on the list must be approved by your instructor.
2) Review the selected speech and prepare an outline of the 15-20-slide presentation, using the “Western Political Rhetoric – Final Project” document located in Topic 7 as a guide. 
3) Determine the resources that will be used in your final presentation. You will utilize topic materials and a minimum of five academic resources.
Elie Wiesel – The Perils of Indifference 
Charlie Chaplin – The Great Dictator 
Ronald Reagan – The Evil Empire 
Alexander Solzhenitsyn – A World Split Apart 
Martin Luther King, Jr. – I Have a Dream 
Eleanor Roosevelt – The Struggle for Human Rights 
John F. Kennedy – Inaugural Address 
Corrie Ten Boom – How to Forgive 
Barack Obama – President-Elect Victory Speech 
Nelson Mandela – Rally Address Following Release from Pollsmoor Prison

UNV-150 Topic 7: Western Political Rhetoric – Final Project

Create a PowerPoint presentation of 15-20 slides that analyzes the speech you outlined in Topic 3, “Western Political Rhetoric – Speech Selection and Outline.”
Be sure to utilize the topic materials and academic resources you located in the Topic 3 assignment.

Include the following in your presentation:

Speech Title


1. Who is the speaker, what is his or her political party affiliation (if any), and how was this person regarded as a leader?
1. What kind of character traits stand out?

Occasion of Speech & Audience

1. When, where, and to whom was this speech delivered?
2. What were the circumstances and purpose for the speech?

Epistemological Foundation

1. From what you can discern, what base of knowledge does the speaker draw upon in making his or her points?
2. How do the origins of ideas related to democracy inform what the speaker thinks are the highest goals of the state?

Main Idea of the Speaker

1. What is the main claim of the speaker?
1. What does this person want the audience to think, feel, or do as a result of his or her speech?
1. Cite the words in the speech that support your findings.

Reasons, Evidence, or Arguments

1. What key reasons, evidence, or arguments does the speaker use to support his or her primary claim?
1. Cite the words in the speech that support your findings.

Western Values Appeal

1. What values from the origins of Western consciousness does the speaker appeal to in addressing his or her audience?
2. Cite the words in the speech that support your findings.

Speaker’s Virtues Appeal

1. How does the speaker appeal to the cardinal virtues listed below? Choose no more than two cardinal virtues and cite the words in the speech that support your findings:
a. Wisdom: be wise, carefully consider your course of action, use your reason, reflect on the issue, and make a good decision.
b. Temperance: consider both sides, be moderate, and restrain emotions regarding the issue.
c. Courage: do not be afraid, resist impulses that keep you from doing the right thing under difficult circumstances – or have the courage to check the desire to do something foolhardy.
d. Justice: fairness, giving to every person what is due.
2. Does this speech meet Plato’s criteria for his concept of justice? Defend your answer.


Close your presentation with a short personal evaluation of the selected speech, indicating whether the speech was effective, ethical, and in line with Western thought.
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