support, refute, or qualify

<p>what does qualify mean when the FRQ asks you to do one of these?</p>

<p>also what are the main rhetorical devices to look for?</p>

<p>To qualify means that you both agree and disagree with some parts of the claim that is being made. I'll use the topic of abortion as an example. Some people that are against it may sometimes allow for it in cases such as rape, incest, etc. This would be qualifying.</p>

<p>There's a unique aspect of qualifying that you must keep in mind, however. It is not simply partially agreeing and partially disagreeing (i.e. "being on the fence"). Qualifying is feeling differently about something in different contexts or in different situations. </p>

<p>Princeton Review book says NOT to be on the fence on an issue; it says take a stand, and write about your position. By qualifying, however, you could consider different viewpoints in a different scenario.</p>

<p>The above abortion example is a good one: "I am against abortion except in cases of rape, incest, etc." is qualifying. Saying "Part of me is okay with abortion and part of me resents it" is being on the fence, and is not something you want to do.</p>

<p>Qualifying is presenting both sides! Pros & cons of the situation. It is recommended that you put the cons first, then the pros so your essay ends towards a positive note.</p>

<p>I personally find it easier to just take the side you have the most evidence/sources for.
Good Luck tomorrow!!</p>