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If We Must Die

If We Must Die

by Claude McKay

If We Must Die Questions

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  1. Why has the poet made such an effort to tell us almost nothing about the victims, enemies, or reasons for fighting?
  2. What is the importance of sacrifice to the speaker, and where does he get that from?
  3. How does the speaker's portrayal of the enemies as murderous dogs dig up primal emotions (a.k.a. survival instinct)?
  4. What does it mean to die nobly?

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