Read the question from “A Defense of the Constitution of the United States” by John Adams.

Are there no robberies, burglaries, murders, adulteries, thefts, nor cheats?

This is John Adams’s response to the assertion that “the people never think of usurping over other men’s rights.”

Why does Adams use pleonasm in this sentence?

to convince the audience that society has become overrun with crime because of the Constitution

to emphasize that humans have demonstrated that they will violate the rights of others in many ways, so the principles of the Constitution are necessary to maintain order

to persuade the audience that the Constitution eliminates the commission of many commonplace crimes

to scare the audience by describing some of the crimes that would occur if there were no Constitution


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  1. Yes, b.

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