Read the excerpt from Thomas Paine’s work “The Crisis” No. 1.
Britain, with an army to enforce her tyranny, has declared that she has a right (not only to TAX) but “to BIND us in ALL CASES WHATSOEVER,” and if being bound in that manner, is not slavery, then is there not such a thing as slavery upon earth. . . .

. . . Neither have I so much of the infidel in me, as to suppose that He has relinquished the government of the world, and given us up to the care of devils; and as I do not, I cannot see on what grounds the king of Britain can look up to heaven for help against us: a common murderer, a highwayman, or a house-breaker, has as good a pretence as he.
Which phrase from the excerpt best reflects the excerpt’s passionate tone?
“Britain, with an army”
“enforce her tyranny”
“she has a right”
“in that manner”

2 Answer

  • The phrase from the excerpt that best reflects the excerpt's passionate tone is "enforce her tyranny."
    Tyranny is a harsh word, and definitely shows strong emotions, whereas the other options are pretty bland and show no emotion. 
  • The American Enlightenment was a philosophical movement that started in the 1700s and ended in the early 1800s.

    During this period there were very famous personalities like Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, but one name stands in the world of literature like Thomas Paine, no other pamphlet writer was more famous than Thomas Paine, his Common Sense swept the nation into a fury against British rule.

    Thomas Paine was born on February 9, 1737 and died on June 8, 1809. He was an English-born American political activist, philosopher, political theorist and revolutionary. One of the Founding Fathers of the United States, he authored the two most influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution and inspired the patriots in 1776 to declare independence from Britain.

    The life style of the first English settlers of America was with no doubt: Harsh. It was a very difficult situation, fleeing England from Religious prosecution an arriving to an unknown land with nothing more than their clothes, the wood from the ships and some tools, arms and provisions to live. The had to prevail against all the odds in a strange environment. And after suffering all kinds of penance, they had also to withstand the tyranny of the British Empire.

    The phrase from the excerpt that best reflects a passionate tone is:

    “enforce her tyranny”


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