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                                        Movie Study Guide – The Patriot
                                 U.S. History I—SWEC—Spring 2012—Melissa Verlet
               Questions adapted from
                               Accessed and adapted by Melissa Verlet in March 2012.

1.   This film opens in the fields of Benjamin Martin’s farm. In which region of the country is the movie set? How
     do you know this? Provide specific evidence to support your answer.

2.   When the men are at the statehouse, what are they arguing about?

             Benjamin Martin argues against joining the militia with this quote: “Can American colonies
              govern themselves, and should they?” What does this quote (and his overall speech)
              indicate? What would your answer to this question be if you were a colonist during the

             Martin’s final quote is “I can’t/won’t fight and won’t vote for others to fight for me.” What is
              the importance of this statement with consideration to the way the colonies were formed?
              Do you agree with this statement when it comes to fighting a war?

3.   When Cornwallis and Tavington are having their meeting, they are talking about how wars are fought.
     Cornwallis says that they need to fight “like gentlemen” and that people are judged by the manner in which a
     war is fought. What does this mean?

4.   When Gabriel enters the church to ask for militia volunteers, Anne gives a very rousing speech: “When you
     are needed most, do you stop only at words? Act upon your beliefs you have so strongly spoken.” When it
     comes down to it, would you be willing to back your beliefs with your life? Explain.

5.   After a character passed away, another character states to the slain man’s father that “nothing will replace
     your sons, but you can justify their sacrifice.” What were the colonists really fighting to keep during the
     independence movement? Be specific and detailed, and think about the different colonies (New England,
     Middle, Southern, and Chesapeake) and their early ideals and formation.

6.   Benjamin Martin’s last quote-- “My hope and prayer is that the sacrifices borne by so many…will spawn and
     fulfill the promise of our new nation.” Do you think his hope came to fruition (or came to be realized) for the
     United States? Support your answer with specific details and evidence.

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