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Test 1.4.4

January 12, 2021
1.4.4 Test (TST): The American Revolution
English 11 Sem 1
Points Possible: 45
Name: Peter Xia
Date: 25/10/2020
1. Short-response prompt (15 points)
Read the following excerpt from Patrick Henry's speech to the Convention of Delegates in Virginia
I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided; and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way
of judging of the future but by the past. And 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 gentlemen
have been pleased to solace themselves and the house? Is it that insidious smile with which our petition
has been lately received? Trust it not, sir; it will prove a snare to your feet. Suffer not yourselves to be
betrayed with a kiss. Ask yourselves how this gracious reception of our petition comports with these
warlike preparations which cover our waters and darken our land. Are fleets and armies necessary to a
work of love and reconciliation? Have we shown ourselves so unwilling to be reconciled that force must
be called in to win back our love? Let us not deceive ourselves, sir. These are the implements of war and
subjugation the last arguments to which kings resort.
Discuss how this part of Henry's speech fits into the overall structure of the text and analyze how well it
supports Henry's overall purpose. Be sure to use specific details from the speech to support your

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