Read the excerpt from The Crisis, Number I by Thomas Paine. “Not all the treasures of the world, so far as I believe, could have induced me to support an offensive war, for I think it murder; but if a thief breaks into my house, burns and destroys my property, and kills or threatens to kill me, or those that are in it, and to 'bind me in all cases whatsoever' to his absolute will, am I to suffer it? What signifies it to me, whether he who does it is a king or a common man; my countryman or not my countryman; whether it be done by an individual villain, or an army of them? If we reason to the root of things we shall find no difference; neither can any just cause be assigned why we should punish in the one case and pardon in the other.” Which is the clearest and most objective summary of the excerpt? Paine declares that it will take all the money in the world to convince him to support this war. He asks what difference it makes who his opponent is or what crime he commits. In either case, Paine asserts that he must be punished. Paine says that war is terrible, and ordinarily nothing could have convinced him to support it. However, he also believes that if a person or group commits severe crimes against him, that party should be punished, no matter who they are. Paine's claim that no amount of money could induce him to wage war is self-serving, but he argues rightly that anyone who threatens his safety or the safety of his family should be punished. All the treasures of the world could not have induced me to support an offensive war, for it is murder; but if a thief threatens to kill me or my family should I suffer it? Does it matter if it is a king, a common man, my countryman or not? Should I punish one and pardon the other?

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Answer is B. It provides the most clear answer in which most people can understand. It summarizes what he means very well. Thomas basically said that he would not support war in most circumstances but he would also not stand by and suffer when an evil force is hurting him. Even if it is a king, he would still not let himself and his friends suffer from his "tyranny." The choice B summarizes this nicely.

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