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Handout D: Analysis: Paine and Civic Values

Directions: For each sentence on the left side of the chart, fill in the next column with a paraphrase of Paine’s statement. Next, identify the civic values or character traits associated with his statement. Finally, explain a way you can act on that civic value in your own life. The first row is begun for you as a model.

Paine’s Statement Your Paraphrase Civic/Character Traits Described Modern Application
1. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. People who only support their country when things are going well will be scared to fight, but those who defend it now are truly worthy of praise. Courage and loyalty
2. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value.
3. I call not upon a few, but upon all: not on this state or that state, but on every state: up and help us
4. Throw not the burden of the day upon Providence, but “show your faith by your works,” that God may bless you.
5. There are persons, too, who see not the full extent of the evil which threatens them; they solace themselves with hopes that the enemy, if he succeed, will be merciful.
6. The cunning of the fox is as murderous as the violence of the wolf, and we ought to guard equally against both.