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Handout B: Vocabulary and Context Questions – John Hancock (1737-1793)


Oration on the Anniversary of the Boston Massacre (1774)

  1. Vocabulary: Use context clues to determine the meaning or significance of each of these words and write their definitions:
    1. avowing
    2. enmity
    3. transactions
    4. pretensions
    5. laudably
    6. tenacious
    7. despise
    8. esteem
    9. animating
  2. Context: Answer the following questions.
    1. Who wrote this document?
    2. When was this document written?
    3. Who was the audience of this document?
    4. Why was this document written?