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1.Why did the American colonists object to the new taxes in 1764 and again in 1765? What arguments did they use? How did these conflicts turn into a constitutional crisis?2. Why was Thomas Paine's pamphlet Common Sense important to the process of changingcolonists' minds toward their King?3. The narrative suggests that the war for American independence was not inevitable, that the British empire could have been saved. Do you agree? At what point during the imperial crisis was peaceful compromise possible?4. Why was the Constitution a controversial document even as it was being written?