What was Henry’s purpose in this speech? Who was his audience? Were his words appropriate for his audience? Why or why not? What were some of the rhetorical questions that Henry used? What purpose do rhetorical questions serve in a speech? What were some of the literary allusions he used in this speech to persuade his audience that America had to fight for independence?
If you had been a member of the Virginia Convention listening to his speech, would you have been swayed by his arguments? Why or why not? What is your gut-level reaction to this speech?
In two paragraphs, respond to each set of questions. Write a paragraph of 8-10 sentences for each set of questions, please.