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Handout B: Vocabulary and Context Questions – Thomas Paine (1737-1809)


Essay One, The American Crisis (1776)

  1. Vocabulary: Use context clues to determine the meaning or significance of each of these words and write their definitions:
    1. tyranny
    2. conquered
    3. consolation
    4. esteem
    5. dearness
    6. celestial
    7. impious
    8. Providence
    9. solace
    10. cunning
  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?