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NAME: _____________________________ DATE:________________________ PERIOD:__________
The Crisis, No. 1 by Thomas Paine Literary Analysis
Writing meant to convince readers to think or act in a certain way.
It appeals to the emotions or reason, offers opinions, and urges action.
To be effective, it must also be supported with evidence.
Latin root –fid
Comes from the Latin word fides, which means “faith.”
o “Neither have I so much of the infidel in me, as to suppose he has relinquished the
government of the world…”
o Paine uses the word infidel to mean specifically “one who is unfaithful to his religion.”
Charged Words
o In what ways might the word “foreign” (p. 133) help Paine inspire the colonists to fight
against Great Britain?
Recalling Details
1. Whom does Paine call to arms?
2. In the third paragraph, what terms does Paine use to describe the British king?
3. Is this description realistic?
4. Is Paine trustworthy as a reporter of historical events? Why?
5. In the first paragraph, with what ideas does the author justify the struggle of revolution?
6. What does Paine mean when he refers to “the summer soldier” and “the sunshine patriot”?
Emotional Appeal
7. What two emotions does Paine appeal to in this selection?
8. Does Paine appeal more to emotion or reason in this essay?
Main Idea/ Theme
9. What is the main idea of this essay?
Persuasive Techniques
10. What persuasive techniques/evidence does Paine use to develop his main idea?