Letter to Lord Chesterfield Study Guide

1. What situation prompted Johnson's letter?

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2. What irony is contained in Johnson's claim that he is very litle accustomed to favors from the great?

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3. The second paragraph recalls Johnson's unsuccessful attempt to gain Chesterfield's patronage.  What idea and sentiment is expressed in the third paragraph?

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4. In paragraphs three and five, Johnson uses the word patron ironically.  Describe how he does this.

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5. How does Johnson appeal to a sense of fairness and honesty?

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