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Mini-Quiz of the address by U.S. President Ronald Reagan to the Nation, announcing the plans for the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), as a lesson in speech writing, public speaking, and history. Key words: Soviet Union, USSR, Brezhnev, peace, freedom, missiles, ICBM, deterrent, nuclear, threat, format, vision, mission, politics, imagery, emotional appeal, Ron Kurtus, School for Champions. Copyright © Restrictions

Mini-Quiz: Ronald Reagan's Announcement of the Strategic Defense Initiative in 1983

by Ron Kurtus (2 September 2005)

Take this Mini-Quiz to check your understanding of the lesson material.

1. How did Reagan get the interest of the students?

By giving his speech in Russian

By relating them to American students

By using high-brow language

2. How did he explain American freedom?

By telling about some of his old movies

By criticizing the Soviet system

By giving a number of examples of American life

3. How did he inspire his audience?

By offering scholarships to U.S. schools

By noting their great potential

By singing the National Anthem

If you got all three correct, you are on your way to becoming a Champion in Great Speeches. If you had problems, you had better look over the material again.

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