Question 16 - Reading and Writing Practice Test for the PSAT/NMSQT Exam

Which quotation from “Civil Disobedience” would be the most effective in supporting this student’s argument?

A student is writing an analysis of Thoreau’s claims in “Civil Disobedience.” The student understands Thoreau’s main claim to be that the government interferes in the rights and responsibility of humanity to govern themselves, even as it claims to be listening to the voices of all citizens. The student argues that Thoreau sees the government as an obstacle to action, a place where grievances are discussed but not actually resolved. If humanity was really governing themselves effectively, they would take action against grievances directly and not simply wish things would change.

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