Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of characters and objects. The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a "key" for a class discussion. They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of the text for either a student or teacher.
Introduction and Appendix Abstract
* Thomas Paine introduces the main reasons for writing Common Sense along with why he remains anonymous at this point.
The Crisis Abstract
* After detailing the scenario for an ideal society, Paine discusses the need for elected officials.
Rights of Man, Part I Abstract
* Paine criticizes the monarchy for its hypocritical approach to...
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