John F Kennedy’s Inaugural Address

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When John F Kennedy was sworn in as President in 1961, the USA was engaged in a Cold War against the Communist USSR, and his speech is reflects the importance of this issue, which would – among other things – lead the United States into the Cuban Missle Crisis and the Vietnam War, two of the most important events of the second half of the Twentieth Century.

This exercise is divided into two parts. The first video shows his Presidential Oath and the first part of his speech. You will have to answer comprehension questions to test your general understanding. The second video- and closing part of the speech- is a gap-fill.

First, play the video and press ‘Start’ below to answer the questions:

JFK part 1

Now listen to the final part of the speech. Again, press ‘Start’ and then write the missing word:

In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the (1)__________
of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not (2)________ from this
responsibility—I welcome it. I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or
any other generation. The energy, the (3)________, the devotion which we bring to this
endeavor will light our country and all who serve it—and the (4)_________ from that fire
can truly light the world.
And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your
country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do
for the (5)_________ of man.

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JFK part 2