Shall a band of ten or twelve thousand robbers, who are this day fifteen hundred or two thousand men

Shall a band of ten or twelve thousand robbers, who are this day fifteen hundred or two thousand men less in strength than they were yesterday, conquer america, or subdue even a single state? the thing cannot be, unless we sit down and suffer them to do it.

in this excerpt, paine uses a rhetorical device to encourage readers to
a. feel anger and contempt for the british troops.

b. fear negative outcomes in future battles.

c. have a higher opinion of the british troops.

d. feel proud of american forces.

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  1. A. Feel anger and contempt fro British troops.

    Explanation:

    Thomas Paine was an English-born American activist, philosopher and revolutionary. His chief goals included the independence of America from the governance of British men and the creation of a democratic republic. His 1776 published work, "Common Sense" clearly reflects his central argument that challenges the British authorities and demands freedom from Great Britain.

    In this excerpt, he has employed a figurative language to emphasize his message to end the British rule in America. He aims to encourage the readers to feel anger and contempt for the impotence and incompetence. He says that 'thing cannot be'. He feels anguish towards the insufficiency of the actions of British troops. He further exposes their insignificant efforts that are completely "worthless".

  2. Based on the given excerpt above, I believe that the answer would be the last option. In the excerpt, Paine uses a rhetorical device to encourage readers to feel proud of American forces. This is to feel proud of the American forces for it was because of them that the British troops cannot conquer America. Hope this answer helps.

  3. In this excerpt, Paine uses a rhetorical device to encourage readers to feel anger and contempt for the British troops. He says they are unskilled and will never manage to defeat American soldiers.

  4. ANSWER: A. feel anger and contempt for the British troops.

    We can see that Paine wants to let the readers know that the British troops are worthless, as evidenced by the phrase "this thing cannot be", thus making them feel contempt towards them. 

    Paine was also prompting anger by suggesting that if they just let it happen by "sitting down", then the worthless troops might actually successfully take over.

  5. In this excerpt, Paine uses a rhetorical device to encourage readers to feel anger and contempt for the British troops.

    The American Crisis is a pamphlet series by 18th century Enlightenment philosopher and author Thomas Paine, originally published from 1776 to 1783 during the American Revolution. 

  6. Answer : Raise their anger by making them feel about the current position and contempt for British troops.

    Explanation : Paine tries to increase the rage amongst the American soldiers people by defining that they stronger than the Britisher troops as those troops are equal to robbers. He wants the American soldiers to fight back with more power along with the Britishers troop.

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