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Media Literacy: Analyze Speeches given in Historical Context

Which passage from Kennedy’s inaugural address is a metaphor?
A. “And let every other power know that this Hemisphere intends to remain the master of its own house.”
B. “To our sister republics south of our border, we offer a special pledge—to convert our good words into good deeds . . . .”
C. “For only when our arms are sufficient beyond doubt can we be certain beyond doubt that they will never be employed.”
D. “Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.”
A. “And let every other power know that this Hemisphere intends to remain the master of its own house.”

All of the following words describe Kennedy’s inaugural address except __________.
A. respectful
B. cautionary
C. compassionate
D. indifferent
D. indifferent

Which statement is false?
A. Kennedy had several years’ experience working in the medium of television, but Nixon did not.
B. Many people believe that Kennedy’s presence during the televised debates had a significant impact on his successful election to the presidency.
C. The debates between Nixon and Kennedy were the first presidential debates broadcast on television.
D. The medium of television and its accessibility among Americans had a significant impact on politics.
A. Kennedy had several years’ experience working in the medium of television, but Nixon did not.

Which appeal did Kennedy not use to evoke pathos in his audience during his inaugural address?
A. an appeal to uphold freedom and democracy
B. an appeal to patriotic duty
C. an appeal to moral duty to help those in need
D. an appeal to accept Kennedy as a trustworthy president
D. an appeal to accept Kennedy as a trustworthy president.

What was the overall purpose of John F. Kennedy’s inaugural speech?
A. to warn Russia that the US will go to war if they continue to show aggression
B. to tell the people of South America that the US will support their right to democracy
C. to inform the nation and the world that the US is ready for war if necessary
D. to address the nation upon being sworn in as President of the United States
D. to address the nation upon being sworn in as President of the United States

Which technique does not add to the memorability of a speech?
A. using a loud voice, shouting key words
B. using well-placed rhetorical devices
C. using repetition of important ideas
D. using a strong ending to drive home key idea
A. using a loud voice, shouting key words

All of the following added to the clarity of the content in Kennedy’s inaugural address except __________.
A. straightforward and simple word choice
B. the use of pathos
C. repetition of important ideas
D. directly addressing the audience with the use of “you”
B. the use of pathos

Which statement is true?
A. Kennedy wanted to give an inspiring speech without being long-winded.
B. Kennedy did not put much preparation into his inaugural address because he was a naturally gifted speaker.
C. Kennedy wanted his speech to be exciting, so he used a lot of humor to excite the audience.
D. Kennedy’s speech was criticized for being too complicated and unorganized for most people to appreciate.
A. Kennedy wanted to give an inspiring speech without being long-winded.

Which phrase defines “chiasmus” best?
A. the use of repetition in opposite order with the focus on the structure of the phrasing
B. the use of repetition at the beginning of sentences or phrases
C. a reference to something common that most people should recognize
D. a suggestion that one thing is like another thing when they are actually opposite
A. the use of repetition in opposite order with the focus on the structure of the phrasing

Which technique did Kennedy use to encourage America’s participation in supporting human rights throughout the world?
A. an appeal to logic and science
B. an appeal to the fear of communism
C. an appeal to authority and credibility
D. an appeal to moral responsibility
D. an appeal to moral responsibility

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