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Lesson Plan September 26, 2017

Perspective and Propaganda in Reporting on North Korea


Questions for “I. The Madman Theory”

  1. What major threshold did North Korea cross on the Fourth of July?
  2. What is Brinkmanship?
  3. What are North Korean citizens over the age of 16 expected to wear?
  4. Which country served as “a grave lesson” for North Korea about the dangers of giving up their nuclear weapons?
  5. On what basic assumption does deterrence rely?
  6. What values does the “Juche ideology” glorify?
  7. Who are the donju?

Questions for “II. A Marxist Emperor”

  1. According to Osnos, why did Kim Jong Un cut his hair?
  2. What was Kim Jong Nam’s “fateful comment”?
  3. What image is displayed on a prominent billboard in Pyongyang?
  4. How does Pak answer the question about why North Korea considers nuclear war an option despite the potential destruction?
  5. When does a man begin to grow his wisdom tooth, according to Mansourov?

Questions for “III. ‘Single-Hearted Unity’”

  1. What was Otto Warmbier’s “hostile act against the state”?
  2. In North Korea’s official history, who started the Korean war, and who won?
  3. What is the goal of strategic strangulation?
  4. What did Dennis Rodman give Kim Jong Un on his most recent visit to North Korea?
  5. What is the risk of the “decapitation” strategy of preventive war?
  6. If the United States launched a preventive war, who would North Korea likely attack?

Questions for “IV. ‘We’re Not Going to Die Alone’”

  1. How did Donald Trump interpret Kim Jong Un’s comment about “the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees”?
  2. What is the dual purpose of the Pyongyang Metro?
  3. According to Pak, what is the goal of nuclear war?
  4. What are the implications of “Nuh jukgo, nah jukga!” in the nuclear crisis?
  5. What lesson did Kim Il Sung draw from the Pueblo incident?

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