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Chartism Test Questions: 13

I am anxious to see every Chartist a good Christian, a good neighbour, and a good friend. I am desirous of seeing every Chartist sober, industrious, honest, full of knowledge and filling houses; and it is because I believe, in my soul and my conscience, that a hypocritical use of those inestimable blessings will impede, or altogether destroy their possession, that I thus array myself, single-handed, against the quadruple alliance....

My friends, get your Charter, and I will answer for the religion, sobriety, knowledge, and house and a bit of land into the bargain. Upon the other hand, foster your Church and you nurse a viper in your bosom, ready to sting you to death, rather than allow you to thrive to her detriment....

Let them call themselves the Hokey Pokey, New Brummagem, or old Jerusalem, froth and flummerites, and preach Southey and Shelley, and play the Highland bagpipes, as a means of regenerating man, till they are black in the face....

Feargus O'Connor in the Northern Star, 3 April, 1841. 


  1. What exactly is O'Connor attacking in this article?
  2. What reason does he give for the attack?
  3. What does he suggest is the answer to all the Chartists' problems?
  4. What evidence does the source provide which indicates that O'Connor saw himself as the sole leader of true Chartism?
  5. Why should O'Connor believe that the Church was a 'viper in your bosom'?
  6. What is the significance of the last paragraph with reference to Chartism in 1841?
  7. How did O'Connor try to provide 'a bit of land', and with what success?
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