Time: 5 minutes
Purpose: This is where you soar. Pick a topic about which you'd like to motivate your audience. Utilize ever tool you've learned this semester and write an oratorical speech that demonstrates your mastery of the course content.
Imitatio is an ancient exercise designed to help orators cultivate excellence of style by studying and emulating past masters. By first memorizing, then studying, imitating and bringing to bear on a contemporary situation, a great speech from days of yore, you will develop your rhetorical sensibilities in a time tested fashion. By the time you get around to your original composition, you will amaze and astound your friends and family with the abiliy you've developed to work with words. What is more, you will think more deeply, and be better equipped to achieve human excellence. That's what a liberal arts education is all about! The top orators from class will be invited to present their work publicly. (I also intend to have a student oratory Hall of Fame linked to this site.) Do you know how good that looks on a resumé? :o)
This speech is weighted double because you are expected to labor over it, reflect on it and, especially, reflect in it your ability to apply what you've learned this semester.