Document Type


Date of Degree Completion

Summer 2015

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


English Literature

Committee Chair

Dr. Patsy Callaghan

Second Committee Member

Dr. Joshua Welsh

Third Committee Member

Dr. Loretta Gray


The rhetorical strategies used in the design of Trivial Pursuit instruction sheets were studied. The textual, visual, and procedural elements of Trivial Pursuit instruction sheets published between 1984 and 2009 revealed a series of revisions that accounted for sociocultural and historical contexts. Results indicated the potential for designing instruction sheets that are both persuasive and practical. Implications for the design of academic assignment prompts and coursework are discussed.