American Literature Questions?
1. Thomas Paine argues that the best way to defeat the British is for
A. each state to fight independently as the British approach.
B. the states to train their militias in guerrilla tactics.
C. the troops of all the states to join together in the fight.
D. the states to persuade the American Indians to join the revolution.
2. Paine contends that the Tories are
A. preparing to leave America to return to Britain.
B. committing treason by spying on their neighbors.
C. enjoying greater wealth than the average American.
D. possibly aiding and encouraging the British army.
3. By comparing the British king to a thief and a housebreaker, Paine suggests that
A. British soldiers are launching sneak attacks against the colonists.
B. the king is in dire need of money for his treasury.
C. the British are trying to take what is not theirs.
D. Britain has robbed America of its natural resources.
4. In his conclusion, Paine intends to inspire readers by
A. explaining why General Howe will succeed.
B. describing in detail the battle of Princeton.
C. recounting all of the wrongs the colonists have suffered.
D. pointing out the strengths of the Colonial army.
5. Which of the following anecdotes does Paine use in the selection?
A. General Gage’s attack on Quebec
B. The innkeeper who reads Pilgrim’s Progress
C. The Tory tavern keeper who makes a thoughtless statement in front of a child
D. Washington’s crossing of the Delaware River
6. When Paine says, “though the flame of liberty may sometimes cease to shine, the coal can never expire,” (91) he is using analogy to suggest
A. liberty is a persistent, core virtue.
B. even if England vanquished the Colonies, liberty would live on.
C. coal is an essential colonial resource.
D. the colonists’ children cannot carry on the struggle.
7. Which mode of persuasion is used in Paine’s line “Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered?” (89).
8. When Paine writes, “The heart that feels not now, is dead: The blood of his children will curse his cowardice, who shrinks back at a time when a little might have saved the whole . . . ,” (92) he is using which of these elements of style?
A. Dramatic imagery
B. A family-based theme
C. Allusions to emphasize his points
D. Plain, ordinary language to present his thoughts
9. Patrick Henry states that the colonists have the advantage over the British because the colonists have
A. a more rigorously trained army.
B. a greater number of people.
C. moral correctness and conviction.
D. knowledge of the terrain.
10. Henry advocates immediate action by the colonists because the
A. British army is preparing to march into Virginia.
B. king is too far away to order a quick response.
C. conflict has already begun and the colonists have no choice but to fight.
D. colonists will become apathetic or unconcerned if they don’t act.
11. The main purpose of Henry’s speech is to
A. convince the delegates that he should be chosen to lead the revolution.
B. describe the history of British colonization in America.
C. seek revenge for personal injuries committed by the British king.
D. persuade his fellow delegates to fight against the British.
12. With the words “God . . . will raise up friends to fight our battles for us,” (84) Henry is suggesting
A. other nations might come to the aid of the colonists.
B. the colonists need not fight; others will do it for them.
C. the colonists are dependent on an act of God for victory.
D. aid will appear mysteriously out of nowhere.
13. When Henry uses the words “chains and slavery” near the end of his speech, he is referring to the
A. situation of African Americans in the Colonies.
B. price he does not want people to pay for peace.
C. possibility of enslaving captured British troops.
D. fact that the English seek to literally enslave the colonists.
14. One mode of persuasion that Henry uses at the start of his speech is
D. emotional appeal.
15. Henry declares, “I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past. And judging by the past, I wish to know what there has been in the conduct of the British ministry for the last ten years, to justify those hopes with which gentlemen have been pleased to solace themselves . . .” (83). In this passage, Henry is using
A. dramatic imagery to appeal to the emotions.
B. allusions to God.
C. figurative language.
D. logic to engage his listeners’ attention.
16. Which of the following excerpts from “Speech to the Virginia Convention” is the best example of persuasion through an emotional appeal?
A. “There is no retreat, but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged!” (84).
B. “Sir, we have done everything that could be done . . .” (84).
C. “I ask gentlemen, sir, what means this martial array, if its purpose be not to force us to submission?” (83).
D. Mr. President, “it is natural to man to in