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Purpose of reference to Howe in "The Crisis"

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The Crisis, No. 1, Thomas Paine, 1776

Paine, Thomas. "The Crisis I." The Writings of Thomas Paine. Ed. Moncure Daniel Conway. Vol. I. N.p.: n.p., 1774-1779. N. pag. Gutenberg.org. The Project Gutenberg, 7 Feb. 2010. Web. 4 May 2016.

Which of the following best represents Paine's purpose in mentioning "Howe has...month past" in line 29?

A

To challenge the idea that Howe's battles have been a "ravage" (line 30) of the American troops.

B

To create a contrast between "delayed too long" and "declared too soon." (line 21).

C

To demonstrate how the "spirit of the Jerseys" (lines 30-31) will now quickly defeat Howe.

D

To counter the argument that the "independence of the continent was…delayed too long" (lines 20-21).

E

To show how not making "a proper use of last winter" (line 25) will now cause a certain defeat.