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Analyzing a Historical Speech (Grades 11-12)

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Analyzing a Historical Speech

Four Freedoms - a speech given by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.

The first is freedom of speech and expression -- everywhere in the world.

The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way -- everywhere in the world.

The third is freedom from want -- which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants -- everywhere in the world.

The fourth is freedom from fear -- which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor-- anywhere in the world.

That is no vision of a distant millennium. It is a definite basis for a kind of world attainable in our own time and generation. That kind of world is the very antithesis of the so-called new order of tyranny which the dictators seek to create with the crash of a bomb.

To that new order we oppose the greater conception -- the moral order. A good society is able to face schemes of world domination and foreign revolutions alike without fear.

Since the beginning of our American history, we have been engaged in change -- in a perpetual peaceful revolution -- a revolution which goes on steadily, quietly adjusting itself to changing conditions -- without the concentration camp or the quick-lime in the ditch. The world order which we seek is the cooperation of free countries, working together in a friendly, civilized society.

This nation has placed its destiny in the hands and heads and hearts of its millions of free men and women; and its faith in freedom under the guidance of God. Freedom means the supremacy of human rights everywhere. Our support goes to those who struggle to gain those rights or keep them. Our strength is our unity of purpose.

To that high concept there can be no end save victory.
Which choice best describes the tone of FDR's speech?
  1. Bold and simple
  2. Archaic and stuffy
  3. Elegant and wordy
  4. Short and sweet
FDR groups the four freedoms into two different groups. They are...
  1. Freedom to and Freedom from
  2. Freedom from and Freedom with
  3. Freedom in the U.S. and Freedom abroad
  4. Personal freedom and National freedom
FDR thinks the four freedoms should only be extended to people in the United States.
  1. True
  2. False
FDR gave this speech before the U.S. became involved in WWII.
Based on the speech, what was the United States' role in the war?

Based on the speech, why is it ironic that United States ended up getting involved in World War II and even dropping bombs?

By calling them four essential HUMAN freedoms, FDR appeals to...
  1. Ethos
  2. Pathos
  3. Logos
  4. Humans
FDR believes many of his four freedoms already exist in the United States.
  1. True
  2. False
In addition to outlining four freedoms, FDR offers the                      of the United States to those fighting for freedom in other countries.
By saying "our strength is our unity of purpose," FDR...
  1. Shows the strength of the enemies
  2. Shows how the U.S. supports those fighting the enemies
  3. Declares war on the enemies
  4. Shows other countries he supports them
FDR says, "That kind of world is the very antithesis of the so-called new order of tyranny which the dictators seek to create with the crash of a bomb."

Even if you cannot determine the meaning of antithesis, you know the kind of world referenced is not related to the new order of tyranny because
  1. anti means against.
  2. thesis means introduction.
  3. the passage gives a synonym of antithesis.
  4. bombs do not relate to the new kind of world.

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