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Join an 8th grade American History class in Liberty, Missouri as they read the historical novel "The Year of the Hangman" and ask what would have happened if the Patriots would have lost the American Revolutionary War....

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Week 1 - Question #3

When it is clear that he will be captured aboard his ship, Creighton's uncle quickly tries to burn all the important papers so they don't fall in the hands of the Americans. He burns almost all of the documents but not all of them. If you were in this situation on the ship what would you have done to destroy the evidence?

8 Comments:

Anonymous Anna D. said...

If I was on the ship when the Americans came, I would rip the important documents up and then throw them into the water. Once they are in the water it would be hard to read and it wouldn't do any good to keep them. I think the best idea though was to burn them because then you would have known that there was no way of saving some of the papers.

6:53 PM  
Anonymous Dave S. said...

If I was on the ship and had to dispose of important documents quickly, I would think that burning them would be the best idea. If this was not possible, I would first think of throwing the papers out a window and maybe ripping them up, too. Another method would be to balance the papers above the doorframe so that nobody walking in would see them, but this would be risky because they could easily fall or be spotted on the way out. As a last resort, I would either find a crack in the floor or wall to put them, or else swallow them.

3:12 PM  
Anonymous Dave S. said...

If I was on the ship and had to dispose of papers quickly, there would be many possibilities of getting rid of them. You could...
- Swallow the papers.
- Rip up the papers and throw them in the water.
- Burn the papers like Creighton had to.
- Balance the papers on the doorframe so that nobody walking in would notice them.
- Hide the papers in the furniture or in a crack in the wall or floor.

3:15 PM  
Anonymous Kyle N. said...

If I was the one on the ship and new that Americans were coming I would rip the papers up as small as I could then throw them over the edge, because once they are torn and water get to them they ywould never be seen again. They would also sink. I wouldd also consider putting the papersw some where that was small and the people might not ever think of looking like in the walls or under neath the floor boards. Then there is the possibility of them being found.

10:16 AM  
Anonymous Sara in MN said...

I would: a) burn the papers, b) swallow them after shredding them, c) put the papers and a heavy object into a bag and throw tham overboard.

12:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would set the ship on fire to have a 100% chance of destroying the boat and documents. Althought I may die I would have to make a sacrafice for my country.

Clayton B

10:25 PM  
Anonymous Leslie said...

I would have wripped them up and thrown them into the water. That way even if they did find them it would take them forever to get them in the right spots and by that time I would have escaped and changed the plans.

8:00 PM  
Anonymous brent s. said...

if i was on that ship i would try to rip the papers to shreds and then throw them out into the ocean. The water would take it far away and i dont think the americans would try to sail after the papers anyway.

11:48 AM  

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