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1: Answer Key (p. 226-230)

Checkpoints p. 226
  • The dream Barack Obama is talking about here is of course the American Dream – the very notion that everyone can go from rags to riches, and if you only work hard enough, you will succeed.
  • The impression of America from the third paragraph can be that even though the United States consists of very versatile landscape, ethnicity and persuasions, it is still a united nation.

Checkpoint p. 228
  • Some American core values hinted at in the paragraphs above the checkpoint could be: Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, common good, justice, equality, diversity, truth and perhaps also patriotism.

Checkpoint p. 229
  • In chronological order as mentioned in Obama’s speech: The Great Depression, Pearl Harbor, WWII, the Civil Rights Movement, the moon landing and the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Checkpoints p. 230
  1. Barack Obama is speaking in Chicago to tens of thousands of his supporters on November 4, the night he won the US presidential election.
  2. His visions embrace several issues, but he particularly addresses the following topics: reduce unemployment, make sure kids in America have every opportunity available to them, restore prosperity, fight for peace, to reclaim the American Dream, embrace America’s unity and last, but certainly not least, to never stop hoping for a better future.
  3. “Yes, we can” was Obama’s mantra all through the election campaign. It symbolises that change can come to America, but it needs to be actively sought and fought for in order to be achieved. In the speech, Obama uses it in a very clever fashion like the outstanding orator he is. He uses the mantra 7-8 times, always at the end of a point or a paragraph. This repetitive use is often used to great effect by speakers (compare to Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Let freedom ring…” in his monumental speech I have a Dream).

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