The first question asks you to listen to (or read) President John F. Kennedy’s 1961 inaugural address and compose a short (minimum of four paragraphs) rhetorical analysis outlining the features of his speech and discussing its content and place in American history.
The second question asks you to read the Declaration of Independence, one of America’s founding documents, and compose a fully developed short essay (minimum of eight paragraphs) outlining the piece’s features and commenting on its efficacy and place in American history.
You will likely want to spend some time researching the contextual elements surrounding Kennedy’s speech and Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence. For further information on the Declaration of Independence, you might want to read “The Declaration of Independence: A History,” which can be found on the digital pages of the National Archives. As always, your work will be evaluated for clarity, punctuation, grammar, content, and incorporation of the course theories and concepts.
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