The World's Great Speeches Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the sermon, "On Suffering Persecution", ignominy and what were two opposites?

2. Who was known as the "Liberator of South America" and was a great military leader and statesman?

3. Who believed that we have many things to learn from the West?

4. Who was one of the greatest orators of the French Revolution, although the speakers was impaired by a painful stammer?

5. In the speech "On His Condemnation to Death", who did the speaker tell the judges to punish?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe what constituted unity in Government according to Washington.

2. Describe the distinction between legislation and taxation.

3. Describe the proper business of a labor union.

4. Describe the violation of alliance by Tilsit Russia.

5. Describe the indictment against Mirabeau.

6. Discuss one advantage of modern inventions.

7. Describe Edmund Burke's objection of uncertainty of force.

8. What influenced the "new world" according to Charles Hughes?

9. What did Voltaire's smile mean according to Hugo?

10. What were the social principles outlined by Alexander Hamilton?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Jan C. Smuts was Prime Minister of South Africa, which was part of the British Empire. Smuts spoke at a Conference for Prime Ministers in London, where Smuts delivered the speech "Peace and Empire".

Part 1) Describe Smuts' viewpoint on the League of Nations.

Part 2) Explain Smuts' feelings about the Empire system in place in South Africa.

Essay Topic 2

Washington was the first President of the United States. Washington overcame many challenges, but asked Americans to step up to other challenges in his farewell speech.

Part 1) What challenges faced early America?

Part 2 )Why did Washington state "I ought to stop" when he discussed the challenges?

Part 3) How did Washington suggest we preserve our nation?

Essay Topic 3

Several speeches in the text focused on military leaders addressing their troops. Compare and contrast Hannibal's "To His Soldiers" and Leon Trotsky's "To the Red Army" speeches.

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