A short essay (250-350 words, usually a little less than one page typed, single-spaced), in which you examine medieval and/or Renaissance rhetoric. To what extent do you think that rhetoric in the Middle Ages continued the rhetorical tradition as it had been developed by the Greeks and the Romans? Some have argued that the medieval “arts” of letter-writing, poetry, and preaching keep only the forms of classical rhetoric, while others say they adapt the classical approach to the demands of a changing society. What do you think? Alternatively, you may pose your own question that covers the period and write about it. Just remember to keep your topic focused!