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Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death

Quiz by Megan Morris

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  • Q1

    Who is Patrick Henry's target audience? 

    The general public 

    English Politicians

    Women who are pacifists 

    American Politicians

  • Q2

    What is the EXIGENCE for this speech? What specific event caused Henry the most concernt and triggered Henry to speak out? 

    The treaty with the Iroquois that forbade colonists to settle in Maine

    The British's humiliating defeat in the French and Indian War

    The British sent troops to the colonies and quartered them in houses with the settlers

    The passing of Stamp Act

  • Q3

    What is Henry's specific PURPOSE? 

    To convince the colonists to ratify the Constitution 

    To persuade England to release America from the treaty

    To persuade colonists to donate money to the war effort 

    To convince the colonists to take up arms and fight against the British

  • Q4

    Which of the following is a counter-claim? (a statement Henry would disagree with)

    Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not? 

    They think us weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary

    Suffer not yourselves to be betrayed with a kiss 

    I consider this as nothing less than a choice between freedom or slavery

  • Q5

    Which of the following is a REBUTTAL? (comeback attacking the other side)

    Shall we try argument? Sir, we have been trying that for the last ten years . Have we anything new to offer upon the subject? Nothing

    I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it. 

    It is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against painful truth. 

    Why stand we here idle? What is it that these gentlemen wish? Is life so dear...

  • Q6

    What is Patrick Henry's tone?

    Depressed, melancholy

    Optimistic, hopeful

    Bold, hyperbolic 

    Neutral, unemotional

  • Q7

    What is the central idea of "Give Me Liberty, or Give Me Death?" 

    Some people are suicidal and want to be free from this life

    Britain was overly tyrannical and oppressive compared to other nations of the period 

    Economic oppression, such as inflation and taxation, is as damaging as war

    Only military action can help colonists gain rights and freedoms 

  • Q8

    Which is NOT a literary device that Henry uses in his speech? 

    He uses ethos and allusion to develop the idea that God is on the colonists' side

    He uses a conceit, or extended metaphor, to compare the colonists to slaves 

    He uses hyperbole to exaggerate the oppression of the British and what could happen to the colonists 

    He uses symbolism of lambs and blood to compare fallen soldiers to Christ 

  • Q9

    Which of the following quotes BEST represents parallelism? (Rule of 3 / creating a pattern)

    For my own part, I consider as nothing less than a choice between freedom or slavery 

    We have petitioned, we have remonstrated, we have supplicated, we have prostrated 

    what means this martial array, if its purpose be not to force us into submission? 

    There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations; and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. 

  • Q10

    Which of the following BEST represents an appeal to ETHOS? (author's credibility, upstanding character)

    Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace! But there is no peace. 

    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 these gentlemen have been pleased 

    Loyalty toward the majesty of heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings. 

    The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! 


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