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Serialized Story Guide for Teachers, Students and Families

By Antonette Bomentre-Walter and Chris Yatchyshyn

Chapter 8 - Good Ideas in Print Shaped a Nation


dialogues - noun; conversations between two or more people

delegates - noun; representatives to a convention or conference

redress - verb; remedy: to remove the cause of a grievance

grievances - noun; causes of distress allowing reasons for complaints or resistance

consul - noun; an official appointed by a government to reside in a foreign country to represent the commercial interests of citizens of the appointing government

amendments - noun; changes, additions or deletions to an original text

guillotine - noun; a machine for beheading by means of a heavy blade

ventilation - noun; the circulation of air as in a room

curtsy - noun; an act of respect, usually by women, which consists of lowing the body by bending the knees

liberal - adjective; open-minded, not following traditional or orthodox ways

reign - noun; the time during which a king rules

erect - verb; to build

Recalling the Facts

1. Many of Thomas Paine's writings were debated by the delegates to what?

2. Where was the Constitutional Convention held?

3. What year was the Constitutional Convention held?

4. Who was the elder delegate at the Constitutional Convention?

5. What did the delegates add to the Constitution before it was completed?

6. What important document did Thomas Paine write in England?

7. What important document did Thomas Paine write in France?

8. In 1794, who was Thomas Paine's friend, who also served as the American Consul in Paris?

Comprehension Questions

1.Why was Thomas Paine in Paris?

2.What five freedoms were guaranteed in the First Amendment?

3.Thomas Paine did not write the U. S. Constitution, but how is he connected to it?

4. Where was Paine arrested during the French Revolution and its Reign of Terror? Why and where did they imprison him? Explain why it seemed hopeless that he would not be freed and how he escaped the guillotine.

5. Who arrived to surprise Mr. Paine and how did they make him feel?

6. What began at dinner that night?

In the News

Today's newspapers and media sources are products of the First Amendment to our Constitution and our Bill of Rights. Explain this statement and find examples in the newspaper to defend your explanation. Find your local newspaper: Link to the directory of New Jersey newspapers OR Link to the directory of Pennsylvania newspapers.

Take It to the Real World

During the end of the 1700s, France also experienced a revolution. Today, many countries are plagued with unrest and war because their citizens are fighting for rights they believe should be guaranteed by their governments. Look for an article that describes a country in which the citizens feels they are being deprive of their rights. Find your local newspaper: Link to the directory of New Jersey newspapers OR Link to the directory of Pennsylvania newspapers.

Make a Prediction

What do you think happened to Thomas Paine's remains? Where would you bury Mr. Paine if you found his remains? Explain your answers.

Essay Questions

  1. The American Revolution's ideas and themes spread to other countries. Why do you think other countries were inspired by the American Revolution?
  1. The first amendment protects our rights to free speech and a free press. Describe how Thomas Paine impacted the American Revolution through his writings.

Answers to Comprehensive Questions and Recalling the Facts

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