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Examine the usage of the words bequeath and posterity in this excerpt from Thomas Paine's Common Sense. Then complete the sentences that follow.

The authority of Great Britain over this continent, is a form of government, which sooner or later must have an end: And a serious mind can draw no true pleasure by looking forward, under the painful and positive conviction that what he calls "the present constitution" is merely temporary. As parents, we can have no joy, knowing that this government is not sufficiently lasting to ensure any thing which we may bequeath to posterity.

According to Paine, the government of Great Britain will bequeath
to the colonists.

He also implies that the posterity

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  1. Your responses don't make any sense.

    1. Look up "bequeath" and "posterity" at
    2. Decide what each of these words means IN THE CONTEXT you have been given.
    3. THEN write your responses, using the definitions you found, not the original words themselves.

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