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Mini-Quiz: John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address in 1961

by Ron Kurtus (revised 8 August 2005)

Take this Mini-Quiz to check your understanding of the lesson material.

1. How did Kennedy set the tone of his speech?

By gloating in his victory over Nixon

By opening with comments on renewal and change

By humorous remarks about the weather

2. What expression did he use with respect to dealing with the Soviet Union?

"Let both sides..."

"The evil empire..."

"Ask not what we can do..."

3. How did he end his speech?

By threatening a show of force if attacked

With a call to work together for freedom

By saluting the flag

If you got all three correct, you are on your way to becoming a Champion in Learning from Historical Speeches. If you had problems, you had better look over the material again.

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