The meaning the rhetoric is pragmatic is that somethings come in the world to have change or perform an action. I was personally kind of confused with this question so I answered it as best as I could. However rhetoric produces action because it has or performs some sort of task. It relates to Bazerman’s system of activity. It relates because the genre sets would produce activity, just as rhetoric produces action.
A rhetorical situation gives a context of people, places, events, relations, and exigence. This will naturally give a situation. I think exigence means a issue or situation that has to be brought up. This is important to rhetorical situation because this gives you the events/ situations that need to be addressed.
Exigence is important to rhetorical situation because it’s the problem/ situation. The audience is important to the rhetorical situation because it is who you are giving the situation to. Constraints is also important to the rhetorical situation because this will limit you. For an example this could simply be how many words you can write for an assingment.
I would use passage one on page three and four for major assignment one. I chose this because I could relate it to the genre. And how rhetorical gives action like system of activity.
Bitzer, Lloyd: The Rhetorical Situation
Bazerman, Charles: What Writing Does and How It Does It, An Introduction to Analyzing Texts and Textual Practices