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Vocabulary: Unfamiliar words are defined at www.wisconsinhistory.org/dictionary

Student Activities:

1. What did the legislature ask the committee to investigate? Restate their instructions on page three in simpler words.

2. On pages 37 Lapham claims several bad things resulted from the destruction of forests in other countries. What are those harmful effects?

3. What state does Lapham fear Wisconsin will soon resemble (page 9), if nothingʹs done to halt the destruction of forests? Are his evidence and reasoning sound?

  • 4.

    What two things should be done to solve the problem (page 40)?

  • 5.

    Lapham argues that government should get involved in this issue. What analogy does he

use on page 35, in an inductive argument, to try to infer that itʹs proper for the state government to act?

6. What logic does he use on page 36, in a deductive argument, to try to prove that itʹs proper for the state government to act?

7. Do you think government should take actions to preserve the environment? List your reasons in statements beginning with the word ʺBecause...ʺ

8. Are there any limits that should be placed on the governmentʹs authority? For example, should it be able to outlaw timber harvesting, build dams that flood valleys, prohibit building on wetlands, seize private property from its owners, or jail violators of its laws? Where would you draw the line? Why there?

9. What actions does the committee urge legislators to take (page 40)? Restate those in your own words.

10. Why did legislators refuse to do anything (see introduction above). What important proposals meet the same fate today for the same reason? [teachers: Sen. Feingoldʹs campaign finance reforms are a good example]

8th Grade Standards Addressed: 8.9

12th Grade Standards Addressed 12.9, 12.10


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