1. Short-response prompt Read the following excerpt from Patrick Henry’s speech to the Convention of Delegates in Virginia (1775):
It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, peace, peace — but there is no peace. The war is actually begun. The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!
In your response, discuss how this part of the speech fits into the overall structure of the text and analyze how well it supports the author’s overall purpose. Be sure to use specific details from the speech to support your answer.