Which of the following passages from The Crisis, Number 1, introduces an anecdote (small story related to the subject) meant to persuade the audience?For number 1 i had C please correct me if iam...

Which of the following passages from The Crisis, Number 1, introduces an anecdote (small story related to the subject) meant to persuade the audience?

For number 1 i had C please correct me if iam wrong.

(Number 1)

a.“I have as little superstition in me as any man living.

”b.“[A] noted one, who kept a tavern at Amboy, was standing at his door, with as pretty a child in his hand.

”c.“The far and the near, the home counties and the back, the rich and the poor, will suffer or rejoice alike.

 

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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If you look at the choices that you have given us, only one of them is in any way an anecdote.  That is B.  The others are not anecdotes at all.

As you say in your question, an anecdote is like a little story that you tell to illustrate a point that you are trying to make.  Only B is a story.  In A and C, Paine is simply stating his opinion.  Stating your opinion is not an anedote.  But in B, Paine is telling a story.  It happens that he is telling a story about a Tory who lived in Amboy, meaning to have the story show us the unpleasant attitudes that such people have.

Therefore, the answer has to be B.

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rain15133 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

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The number two Q was Paine’s primary purpose in saying that “a common murderer, a highwayman, or a housebreaker, has as good a pretense” as the king is to

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