SAT Reading - Khan Diagnostic Quiz level 1 - reading 5

Questions 1-5 are based on the following

This passage is excerpted from President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address, given in 1961.

The world is very different now. For man holds in his

mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human

poverty and all forms of human life. And yet the same
revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still
5 at issue around the globe. Let the word go forth from this

time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been

passed to a new generation of Americans—born in this

century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter

peace, proud of our ancient heritage, and unwilling to witness
10 or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which

this nation has always been committed, and to which we are

committed today at home and around the world.
To those new states whom we welcome to the ranks of the

free, we pledge our word that one form of colonial control
15 shall not have passed away merely to be replaced by a far

more iron tyranny. We shall not always expect to find them

supporting our view. But we shall always hope to find them

strongly supporting their own freedom-and to remember that,

in the past, those who foolishly sought power by riding the
20 back of the tiger ended up inside.
To those people in the huts and villages of half the globe

struggling to break the bonds of mass misery, we pledge our

best efforts to help them help themselves, for whatever

period is required—not because we seek their votes, but
25 because it is right. If a free society cannot help the many who

are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.
Finally, to those nations who would make themselves our

adversary, we offer not a pledge but a request: that both sides

begin anew the quest for peace, before the dark powers of
30 destruction unleashed by science engulf all humanity in

planned or accidental self-destruction.
So let us begin anew-remembering on both sides that

civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always

subject to proof. Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us
35 never fear to negotiate.
Let both sides, for the first time, formulate serious and

precise proposals for the inspection and control of arms, and

bring the absolute power to destroy other nations under the

absolute control of all nations.
40 Let both sides seek to invoke the wonders of science

instead of its terrors. Together let us explore the stars,

conquer the deserts, eradicate disease, tap the ocean depths,

and encourage the arts and commerce.
And, if a beachhead of cooperation may push back the
45 jungle of suspicion, let both sides join in creating a new

endeavor-not a new balance of power, but a new world of

law-where the strong are just, and the weak secure, and the

peace preserved.
All this will not be finished in the first one hundred days.
50 Nor will it be finished in the first one thousand days; nor in

the life of this Administration; nor even perhaps in our

lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.

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Question 1 A central theme of the passage is that