Who Is the Speaker?
Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson Quotes

 

Directions: Read the quotations and answer the following questions for each quote. These quotes and your analysis will help you answer the writing prompt.

 

 

Key Vocabulary Terms,

Key Concepts ulary Terms, Key Concepts

Quotation

AnalysisAnalysis

labor – work

1.    "Those who labor in the earth are the chosen people of God."

1.    What is the main idea of the quotation?

2.    Who do you think is the speaker?

3.    Explain how you came to your conclusion about the speaker.

 

 

2. "All communities divide themselves into the few and the many. The first are the rich and well born, the other the mass of the people"

1.    What is the main idea of the quotation?

2.    Who do you think is the speaker?

3.    Explain how you came to your conclusion about the speaker.

 

consolidation – the process of uniting

concentration – gather into one  (concentrated)

3.    "It is not by the consolidation, or concentration of powers, but by their distribution, that good government is effected."

1.    What is the main idea of the quotation?

2.    Who do you think is the speaker?

3.    Explain how you came to your conclusion about the speaker.

 

construed – understood

4.    "Laws are made for men of ordinary understanding and should, therefore, be construed by the ordinary rules of common sense."

1.    What is the main idea of the quotation?

2.    Who do you think is the speaker?

3.    Explain how you came to your conclusion about the speaker.

 

 

5.    "A fondness for power is implanted, in most men, and it is natural to abuse it, when acquired."

1.    What is the main idea of the quotation?

2.    Who do you think is the speaker?

3.    Explain how you came to your conclusion about the speaker.

 

 

6.    "A national debt, if it is not excessive, will be to us a national blessing."

1.    What is the main idea of the quotation?

2.    Who do you think is the speaker?

3.    Explain how you came to your conclusion about the speaker.

 

tranquility – calm, quiet

asylum – place of protection, shelter

7.    "America is now, I think, the only country of tranquility and should be the asylum of all those who wish to avoid the scenes which have crushed our friends in [other lands]."

1.    What is the main idea of the quotation?

2.    Who do you think is the speaker?

3.    Explain how you came to your conclusion about the speaker.

 

 

subsistence -  minimum needed to sustain life 

(food, shelter, etc.)

8.    Power over a man's subsistence is power over his will"

 

1.    What is the main idea of the quotation?

2.    Who do you think is the speaker?

3.    Explain how you came to your conclusion about the speaker.