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Asking Questions: A Rhetoric for the Intellectual Life

Asking Questions: A Rhetoric for the Intellectual Life



A short, inviting rhetoric for freshman composition, Asking Questions is based on active inquiry and active learning and gives students practice in the writing they will do in their courses across the college curriculum. The six chapters of Asking Questions ground the freshman course in the most common academic tasks, emphasizing the fundamental importance of making and supporting worthwhile claims.

Asking Questions leads students through such concerns as rhetorical setting, audience, and writing purposes and processes within a straightforward, accessible framework.



Publication Date



Allyn and Bacon




Rhetoric and Composition


Description and cover image courtesy of Pearson.

Subject Areas

English language -- Rhetoric; Academic writing -- Problems, exercises, etc.; Critical thinking -- Problems, exercises, etc.; College readers

Author/Editor Bio

Lex Runciman is Professor of Creative Writing and Literature at Linfield College. He holds a Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing from the University of Utah, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Poetry) from the University of Montana, and a B.A. in English from Santa Clara University.

Chris Anderson is Professor of English and the composition coordinator at Oregon State University. Author of many scholarly articles and reviews and coauthor or editor of numerous books, including several textbooks for composition, he is also a much-published poet and writer of creative nonfiction; his Edge Effects: Notes from an Oregon Forest was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. His latest scholarly projects include the forthcoming Teaching as Believing: Faith in the University.

Asking Questions: A Rhetoric for the Intellectual Life