THESE are the Times that try Men’s Souls

Choose THREE of the following quotes. Identify the author of each quote and the work from which it comes; then explain both its meaning and its significance. Remember, the significance has to do with the context in which this quote is written.  Do not forget this.

1.  “Surely, this is a new refinement in cruelty, which, while it has no advantage to atone for it, thus aggravates distress and adds fresh horrors even to the wretchedness of slavery.” (The key to interpreting this quote is knowing what “this” is.)

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  1.  THESE are the times that try men’s souls: The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country but he that stands it NOW, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. (To answer well, you must define the crisis and define summer soldier and sunshine patriot.)


  1. Then straight I ‘gin my heart to chide,

And did thy wealth on earth abide?

Didst fix thy hope on mould’ring dust?

The arm of flesh didst make thy trust?

Raise up thy thoughts above the sky

That dunghill mists away may fly.


  1. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.  What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value.  (Do not overlook the fact that tyranny is compared to hell.)


  1. It was about this time I conceived the bold and arduous project of arriving at moral perfection. I wish’d to live without committing any fault at any time; I would conquer all that either natural inclination, custom, or company might lead me into.



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