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History is an argument without end.

Review Questions

Vocabulary: synonymous, disdainful, pockmarked, incite, hereditary, demagogue. propagandist, ideological, reconciliation, arbitrary, epithet, derisive, nurtured, demonized, penury, .

1. (a) What do you think caused Paine's scorn and contempt for kings? (b) How does he explain it?

2. Why was it clever of Paine to focus his fury on the king rather than on parliament?

3. The basics of language were drilled into him. What do you think they are?

4. Prime Minister Pitt called Paine "an unskilled rider?" (a) What do you think he meant by this? (b) Do you think he was right? Why or why not?

5. Explain: (a) "These are the times that try men's souls"; (b) Character is easier kept than recovered; (c) democracy; (d) republicanism; (e) outrageously magnifying the majesty of the common man; (f) liberty the cure for the ills of society; (g) legal niceties; (h) sunshine patriot; (i) woebegone warriors; (j) dangerous demagogue; (k) sublime aphorisms, exhortations and jeremiads.

6. (a) What is propaganda? (b) What made Paine a successful propagandist?

7. Cite and explain the two metaphors in this narrative.

8. Contrast reactions to Paine's writings from the Patriots and the Loyalists.

9. (a) What is a legacy? (b) Explain Paine's legacy to Upper Canadians.

11 Loyalists declared they would rather be slaves to the lion instead of the lousy vermin. (a) Why?

12. What do the watchwords 'life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness' and 'peace order and good government' tell you about those who espoused them?

13. Defend the assertion that 'History is an argument without end.'

14. Who are the 'outside oppressors' and the 'inside dissenters'?


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