Grammardog Teacher's Guide contains 16 quizzes for this influential essay. All sentences are from the essay. Familiar quotes include, "That government is best which governs least." Figurative language compares voting to a game of checkers and government to a machine. Allusions cover mythology, religion and history (Orpheus, Christ, Luther, Caesar, Copernicus, Washington, Franklin).
PLOT SUMMARY: Do I have to obey the law? The Grammardog Guide to CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE features sentences from the essay in 16 grammar, style and proofreading quizzes that reinforce plot, characters and themes. The essay published in 1849 was inspired by Thoreau’s opposition to slavery and the Mexican War. The essay encourages citizens to protest laws they don’t like. Thoreau maintains that citizens in a democracy should not have to passively wait for justice until the voting process changes laws over time. The tax system, slavery, corporations and the U.S. war with Mexico are targets of Thoreau’s examples of policies he does not agree with. This landmark essay inspired Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King to organize mass demonstrations against government policies. The essay contains the quote that became a cornerstone of the passive resistance movement: “A minority is powerless while it conforms to the majority.”