Civil Disobedience

Thoreau Questions

1)     Why does Thoreau believe that “a government in which the majority rule in all cases can not be based on justice, even as far as men understand it”?

2)     What claim does Thoreau make about his obligation as a citizen?  How does this claim relate to the premise, “That government is best which governs least”?

3)     What reasons and evidence does Thoreau offer to justify his view that the people who truly serve the state are those who often resist it?

4)      Thoreau argues that civil disobedience is an effective way of bringing about change.  How convincing is this argument?  Explain.

5)      At the end of the excerpt, Thoreau uses analogy of an acorn and a chestnut to convey his point about human nature.  Is this an effective way to communicate his message?  Why or why not?

 

Help would be greatly appreciated, these are the only questions I have trouble on, 20 more to go... ugh.

 

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Thoreau was all about the individual conscience and autonomy. He refused to accept the edict of "majority rules". He felt that individuals made America strong and not a group of people who happened to vote the same way.

You need to submit each of your other questions separately.

what claim does thoreau make about his obligation as a citizen. How does this claim relate to the premise

What reasons and evidence does Thoreau offer to justify his view that the people who truly serve the state are those who often resist it?

In lines 122- 153, Thoreau argues that civil disobedience is an effective way of bringing about change. How convincing is this argument? Explain