From The Crisis, No. 1
Persuasion is a form of discourse that attempts to convince a reader or an audience to think or
act in a particular way.
1. The pamphlet opens with two famous images. What kinds of people does Paine identify
with summer and sunshine?
2. Paine opens with a powerful emotional appeal. In the third paragraph, what reasons
does he give for his confidence that God will favor the Americans and not the British?
3. The fourth paragraph provides an anecdote about the tavern keeper at Amboy. Why
does Paine view the Tory tavern keeper’s harmless remark as “unfatherly”?
4. Explain the meaning of Paine’s metaphor “mutual fear is the principal link in the chain of
mutual love.” Do you agree of disagree with this statement?
The chart below lists different aspects of persuasion. Fill in the chart with examples from the
Purpose of The Crisis, No. 1:
Appeals to Reason: (Facts, Evidence, Statistics)
Appeals to Emotion: (Loaded Words, Figurative Language, Literary Techniques, and