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Grade 11 - “Is It a Crime for a Citizen of the United States to Vote?” by Susan B. Anthony

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Grades 11-12
English Language Arts
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English Language Arts
Common Core

RI.11-12.8
RI.11-12.6
RI.11-12.4
RI.11-12.3
RH.11-12.5

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  • Q1
    Anthony begins the speech by declaring that she will prove that she did not commit a crime. What evidence does she use to give her argument persuasive power?
    She builds a logical argument based on a founding document.
    She refers to statements by other leaders working for the right to vote.
    She cites research on her topic to increase the credibility of her ideas.
    She retells historical events in a way that makes them understandable.
    45s
    RI.11-12.8
  • Q2
    Part A: Which statement best describes Anthony’s primary point of view regarding the role of government?
    Government should define and provide basic human rights to all.
    Government should enforce the law even when citizens are dissatisfied.
    Government should ensure that basic human rights are not infringed upon.
    Government should classify different roles for different groups of people.
    45s
    RI.11-12.6
  • Q3
    Part B: Which statement from the speech provides the best evidence for Anthony’s point of view?”
    “For however destructive in their happiness this government might become, a disfranchised class could neither alter nor abolish it, nor institute a new one, except by the old brute force method of insurrection and rebellion.”
    “That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute a new government . . .”
    “By them, too, men, as such, were deprived of their divine right to rule, and placed on a political level with women.”
    “We assert the province of government to be to secure the people in the enjoyment of their unalienable rights.”
    45s
    RI.11-12.6
  • Q4
    Part A: What is the meaning of the word unalienable in the fourth paragraph of the speech?
    cannot be given to all
    cannot be seen or touched
    cannot be taken away
    cannot be defined
    45s
    RI.11-12.4
  • Q5
    Part B: Which phrase from the text best helps the reader understand the meaning of unalienable?
    “as the Quaker preacher said”
    “the consent of the governed”
    “Endowed by their Creator”
    “deriving their just powers”
    45s
    RI.11-12.4
  • Q6
    Anthony states that preventing women from having equal rights with men is a “direct violation of the spirit and letter of the declarations of the framers of this government.” In which sentence in her speech does Anthony most clearly disregard the “letter” (the literal meaning) of the Declaration and substitute a meaning that reflects the “spirit” of the document?
    “For however destructive in their happiness this government might become, a disfranchised class could neither alter nor abolish it, nor institute a new one, except by the old brute force method of insurrection and rebellion.”
    “Here is pronounced the right of all men, and ‘consequently,’ as the Quaker preacher said, ‘of all women,’ to a voice in the government.”
    “The Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, the constitutions of the several states and the organic laws of the territories, all alike propose to protect the people in the exercise of their God-given rights.”
    “They agree to abandon the methods of brute force in the adjustment of their differences, and adopt those of civilization.”
    45s
    RI.11-12.3
  • Q7
    Anthony makes a statement of what the speech is intended to accomplish. Which of these quotations illustrates this structural element?
    " ‘That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute a new government, laying its foundations on such principles, and organizing its powers in such forms as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.’”
    "’All men are created equal, and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights. Among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.’"
    “We assert the province of government to be to secure the people in the enjoyment of their unalienable rights. We throw to the winds the old dogma that governments can give rights.”
    “It shall be my work this evening to prove to you that in thus voting, I not only committed no crime, but, instead, simply exercised my citizen's right, . . .”
    45s
    RH.11-12.5
  • Q8
    Anthony makes a statement of the concept about the origin of human rights that introduces the main argument. Which of these quotations illustrates this structural element?
    "’All men are created equal, and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights. Among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.’"
    “We assert the province of government to be to secure the people in the enjoyment of their unalienable rights. We throw to the winds the old dogma that governments can give rights.”
    “It shall be my work this evening to prove to you that in thus voting, I not only committed no crime, but, instead, simply exercised my citizen's right, . . .”
    " ‘That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute a new government, laying its foundations on such principles, and organizing its powers in such forms as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.’”
    45s
    RH.11-12.5
  • Q9
    Anthony gives evidence that people are born with rights and that one of these is the right to vote. Which of these quotations illustrates this structural element?
    “It shall be my work this evening to prove to you that in thus voting, I not only committed no crime, but, instead, simply exercised my citizen's right, . . .”
    “. . . [H]alf of the people [are] left wholly at the mercy of the other half, in direct violation of the spirit and letter of the declarations of the framers of this government, every one of which was based on the immutable principle of equal rights to all.”
    "’All men are created equal, and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights. Among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.’"
    " ‘That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute a new government, laying its foundations on such principles, and organizing its powers in such forms as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.’”
    45s
    RH.11-12.5
  • Q10
    Anthony gives evidence that all people should have the vote because citizens are expected to be able make peaceful changes to government. Which of these quotations illustrates this structural element?
    “It shall be my work this evening to prove to you that in thus voting, I not only committed no crime, but, instead, simply exercised my citizen's right, . . .”
    “We assert the province of government to be to secure the people in the enjoyment of their unalienable rights. We throw to the winds the old dogma that governments can give rights.”
    “. . . [H]alf of the people [are] left wholly at the mercy of the other half, in direct violation of the spirit and letter of the declarations of the framers of this government, every one of which was based on the immutable principle of equal rights to all.”
    " ‘That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute a new government, laying its foundations on such principles, and organizing its powers in such forms as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.’”
    45s
    RH.11-12.5
  • Q11
    Anthony makes a statement that women are treated unfairly by the government. Which of these quotations illustrates this structural element?
    “. . . [H]alf of the people [are] left wholly at the mercy of the other half, in direct violation of the spirit and letter of the declarations of the framers of this government, every one of which was based on the immutable principle of equal rights to all.”
    “We assert the province of government to be to secure the people in the enjoyment of their unalienable rights. We throw to the winds the old dogma that governments can give rights.”
    “It shall be my work this evening to prove to you that in thus voting, I not only committed no crime, but, instead, simply exercised my citizen's right, . . .”
    "’All men are created equal, and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights. Among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.’"
    45s
    RH.11-12.5
  • Q12
    Why does Anthony provide a list of the wrongs government commits against women?
    o ask women to forgive past actions in hopes of forging a stronger nation
    to justify the fact that when women have power they will replace the existing government
    to urge women to take their rightful place as rulers instead of dependents
    to illustrate that change is needed to fulfill the intentions of the founding documents
    45s
    RH.11-12.5
  • Q13
    In the last paragraph of the excerpt, what is the meaning of the concept of a “platform” of equality in relation to the central idea of Anthony’s speech?
    A platform is flat; everyone stands at the same level, which reflects Anthony’s argument that men and women have equal rights.
    A platform is elevated; equality for everyone is an exalted ideal, which illustrates Anthony’s argument that the right to vote is a privilege and should be held in high regard.
    A platform is wide and deep; there is room for everyone, which symbolizes Anthony’s argument that the Constitution addresses rights for all.
    A platform is long-lasting; everyone should have permanent equality, which describes Anthony’s vision of how long unalienable rights have existed.
    45s
    RI.11-12.8

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