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Handout B: Vocabulary and Context Questions – James Wilson (1742-1798)


Excerpts from “A Charge Delivered to the Grand Jury”

  1. Vocabulary: Use context clues to determine the meaning or significance of each of these words and write their definitions:
    1. jurisprudence
    2. render
    3. preventives
    4. moderation
    5. diminished
    6. unfounded
    7. inconsistent
    8. detecting
    9. dastardly
    10. contemptible
    11. prosperity
  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. What was the purpose of this document?