Multiple Choice and Letter Writing

How can a love letter from a soldier be so complex? Good writing can create an effect that will continue on long after the writer has gone. Sullivan Ballou's letter to his wife, Sarah, is both touching and thoughtful at multiple levels.

After reading the letter on the link provided on my website, answer the following questions to see how well you can analyze letters in relationship to our class. I'd advise that you print out the letter first so you can mark it up as you go along.

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  1. What is your age?
  2. What is your gender?
  1. The speaker's major conflict in the letter is between which of the following?
  2. The phrase, "the banner of my purpose" is an example of
  3. Which of the following is NOT an example of figurative language?
  4. In which paragraph does the speaker MOST openly show the difficulty he has having in parting his family?
  5. The material in the first three paragraphs reveal all of the following EXCEPT
  6. The thing that arguably troubles the speaker MOST about his imminent death is the
  7. In writing this last letter to his wife, the speacker never attempts to
  8. Ultimately, the speaker's internal conflict
  9. It may be argued that paragraph sevn is stylistically weakened by all the following EXCEPT
  10. In paragraph three, the nature of the speaker's personal quandry is stylistically abetted by which of the following? I. A central rhetorical question II. Two highly appropriate figures of speech III. An apologetic tone

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