Jfk inaugural Address: Guiding Questions



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JFK Inaugural Address: Guiding Questions
Directions: Answer each question in complete sentences after reading John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address.
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  1. How do certain words such as “free”, “freedom” and “liberty” contribute to the overall tone of the text? Why does Kennedy use the term “liberty” in paragraph 4?



  1. Read paragraphs 2-4. What was the situation in the world at the time of Kennedy’s address?



  1. What words/phrases evoke emotion in the audience?



  1. Who are the major groups Kennedy addresses in his speech? Why does he address these groups?



  1. Discuss the pledges Kennedy makes to the audience. How are they similar? At one point, Kennedy offers a request, not a pledge. What is that request (Soviet Union)?



  1. Considering the context of the time (1960s, Cold War), what does the statement “and to remember that, in the past, those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside” mean?



  1. What expectations does Kennedy lay out for Americans? How is this presented and how do you think it impacts the overall message of the speech?


  1. Is Kennedy’s speech relevant to today’s world? Why or why not? Could this speech be delivered today? Why or why not?



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