Mr. Dowling
The Crisis

The Crisis-Thomas Paine

"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us...the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph."

1. What does Paine mean by "the times that try men's souls"?

2. According to Paine, who are the "sunshine patriots"?

3. What tyranny is Paine speaking of?

4. Why do you think Washington had these lines read aloud to his troops?

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