BOSTON MASSACRE QUESTIONS

By March of 1770, why were the citizens of Boston
angry?
The citizens of Boston were angry beca...
Preston gave the order to fire, saying that the Captain
gave the order to fire, and, after not one of his soldiers
respond...
the shooting that happened was intended to happen.
How were they different?
Both men think that he was wearing something
d...
of his fellow soldiers. He also claims that the officer
was not to the right of his group of soldiers, but more as
in the ...
I chose this verdict because he has the most convincing
testimony/defending statement because he had proof, he
could back ...
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  1. 1. BOSTON MASSACRE QUESTIONS By March of 1770, why were the citizens of Boston angry? The citizens of Boston were angry because the British had pasted a tax law known as the Townshend Acts. Although these acts angered the people/colonists, it covered all the costs for their needed items such as paper, paint, glass, lead, and tea. Why were the King and his royal soldiers dissatisfied with the American colony? They were dissatisfied with the colonists because, being mad at the Townshend Tax act, they refused to buy any British goods. Being worried about this, in 1768, Britain senttwo regiment of troops into Boston acting as a peace treaty; upsetting the colonists even more. ·What information will be important to keep in mind as you hear the testimony of the witnesses? Information that would be important to keep in mind is that Daniel Calef, a Boston shop owner, and Question Prosecution Witness, claims that he heard the officer standing in a line to the right, ordering the soldiers to fire twice. Robert Goddard, a citizen of Boston and also a Question Prosecution Witness, claims that he saw Captain Preston already standing there with his soldiers. Then, as Captain Preston went behind his soldiers, he gave the order to fire, saying ‘*BEEP* your bloods, fire! Think I will be treated in this manner?!’Tehn, William Wyat, a sea merchant, and, also being a Question Prosecution Witness, claims that Captain
  2. 2. Preston gave the order to fire, saying that the Captain gave the order to fire, and, after not one of his soldiers responded, he stomped his foot, saying, ‘* BEEP * your bloods, fire, be the consequence what it will!’ All three of the men saw a crowd of people, in an uproar, holding somewhat of a weapon. ·Do you believe that the officer Daniel Calef saw Captain Preston? Why or why not? I do not believe that Shop Owner, Daniel Calef, saw Captain Preston. Why? Because all of the soldiers were wearing that uniform, they are all matching. If you look at the picture that Paul Revere drew, called the Bloody Massacre, it shows that all the soldiers were wearing that outfit. Daniel Calef could not be sure it was the Captain. As for seeing his face plain in the moonlight? That proves nothing. He could be easily mistaken for another soldier. There is no solid proof that it was the officer, no true evidence. What he saw could have been merely a simple soldiers along with the rest of them. ·According to Robert Goddard, why did Captain Preston give the order to fire? According to Robert Goddard, The Captain fired because an estimated group of 50 boys were all throwing snowballs and the group, and the Captain warned them to stop, and when they didn’t, he supposedly fired. ·How were the testimonies of Daniel Calef and William Wyat similar? They are similar because both men think that Captain Preston gave the order to fire. Both men are convinced that the officer was with his soldiers at the time, and that
  3. 3. the shooting that happened was intended to happen. How were they different? Both men think that he was wearing something different at the time, and both men claim that Officer Preston said something different when he gave his order to fire into the crowd. ·According to Richard Palmes, were the soldiers given an order to fire? The soldiers were never given any direct order by Captain Preston to fire, and before, when he had a little chat with the Captain, Preston claimed that he had no means of shooting into the crowd. Compare Palmes' testimony to that of the prosecution witnesses. Where were each of the witnesses in relation to Captain Preston? The first witness, Daniel Calef, it does not mention where he was at the time of the shooting, Robert Goddard was right next to the captain when he gave the order to fire, he claimed that he could touch him, and looked him right in the eye. As for William Wyat, it did not mention where he was standing at the time, either. ·According to Andrew, could Preston give the order to fire? No. Why or why not? He could not have given the order to fire, considering that he was standing in front of his soldiers, and could have very well been shot dead. How does Andrew's account of the crowd differ from the prosecutions? Andrew claims that there was someone who gave an order to fire, but it was not, in fact, the officer, but one
  4. 4. of his fellow soldiers. He also claims that the officer was not to the right of his group of soldiers, but more as in the front of them, thus almost killing him when they started to shoot openly into the crowd. ·According to Thomas Handasyd Peck, why didn't Captain Preston order his soldiers to fire? He was in front of them and could have gotten himself killed if he did order his soldiers to fire. ·What is the main argument of each attorney? Richard Palme’s testimony is incorrect; because would Palmes really place himself under the nozzles of a gun, when he thought it was right because they were defending their lives? John Adam’s closing statement is correct because, as proven, Captain Preston knows the language all too well to say murder’em, (as Robert Goddard has testified), and the fact that Captain Preston was standing in front of his soldiers means that he would have been shot had he ordered them o fire. Proving the Captain innocent. Of the closing statements, who had the most convincing argument? John Adams had the most convincing argument. Why? Because he gave pure proof, solid hard evidence that the captain did not yell fire. ·What of the three verdicts did you choose? I chose Thomas Handasyd Peck, the fur exporter. Why did you choose this verdict?
  5. 5. I chose this verdict because he has the most convincing testimony/defending statement because he had proof, he could back up what he was saying.

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