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Patrick Henry p.230-232 (lines 1-21) What does Henry mean when he says, “This is no time for ceremony”? (line6)
-the urgency of action What stark contrast does he present to convey the importance of this question? (line8)
-Freedom and slavery According to Henry, why is it so important o have “freedom of the debate”? (line 9)
-Because the subject is great Why does he mention the delegates’ responsibility to “ God and our country”? (line11)
-He uses it as an ethical appeal that will urge them to action In lines 1-11, what are the examples of antithesis, and what kind of emphasis does it create?
-“ same subject in different lights” “ freedom or slave” In lines 1-14, what tone does Henry establishes using the language of shared beliefs?
-the words “highly,” “ abilities,” “worthy gentlemen,” and “ revere” might be emphasized to show
respect. p.232 (line 22-46) In lines 22-26, what point does Henry make about judging the future?
-judging by the past In lines 22-28, why do you think Henry might have chosen this biblical allusion, and what does it reveal about
Henry’s awareness of his audience? -The biblical allusion indicates that the audience is well versed in the Bible and establishes the idea that these rights
come from God. What evidence does Henry cite to argue that the British are preparing foe war? (lines 30-31)
-”warlike preparations” “fleets and armies” In lines 29-40, answer each of the rhetorical questions . How is a listener likely to respond to Henry’s final statement?
- The answer is a “No,” except for “ what means this martial array..?” Here the answer is to agree that it is “ …to force
us to submission. Listeners will likely accept analysis. In lines 41-46, what is Henry’s answer to those who favor talking to the British?
-Let us not deceive ourselves longer. p.233/234 (line 47-61) In lines (47-55), what words and phrases should be emphasized while reading this part
of the speech?
-petitioned, remonstrated, supplicated, prostrated ,implored In lines (47-55), what actions did the Americans take and how did the British react?
- The Americans petitioned, remonstrated, supplicated, prostrated… ,implored….,but the
British neglected all these attempts. In lines (59-61), what is Henry persuading them to do? Find evidence.
-To fight. “ we must fight” “An appeal to arms” In lines (66-68), what is the “delusive phantom of hope”? It’s false hope that is taking over their existence. p.234 (lines 69-86) Why do you think Henry repeats the word “sir” so often? Explain the effect of repetition as well as the phrase “Let it come!”
-The word “Sir” literally refers to the president of the Convention, but broadly it is intended to affect all the delegates by
emphasizing Henry’s respect for his audience. The repetition of “Let it come!” shows his determination to face the conflict and
stirs on emotional response. In lines 80-86, what is henry’s tone in this part?
Assertive and inspirational In lines 80-86, What mood might this speech have stirred in the audience?
Fear from the unknown and enthusiasm for fighting What does Henry mean when he says “give me liberty, or give me death”? What does he hope to achieve by this cry?
- He prefers to die fighting for freedom rather than live in degradation. He hopes to encourage them to fight. In lines 80-86, how does the acceleration of pace affect the speaker’s tone in the closing lines?
-He probably began quietly and calmly, with his words becoming increasingly loud, impassioned, and rapid. This change
probably stirred the crowd to feel excitement, anger, and determination to take action. ...
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