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Handout B: Vocabulary and Context Questions – James Otis (1725-1783)


Excerpts from The Rights of the British Colonies Asserted and Proved, 1764

  1. Vocabulary: Use context clues to determine the meaning or significance of each of these words and write their definitions:
    1. tranquility
    2. prosperity
    3. brethren
    4. body politic
    5. inestimable
    6. chapman
    7. barter
    8. renounced
  2. Context: Answer the following questions.
    1. Who wrote this document?
    2. When was this document written?
    3. What type of document is this?
    4. Why was this document written?