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When answering source questions do you write in the present tense watch

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    An example of a source:
    A letter from Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn:
    I love you, but do you think the people will accept you?

    (yes, I know it's ridiculously unrealistic sounding etc but whatever)

    Obviously sources are from the past so you'd think you'd write like, "The fact that Henry felt the need to ask Anne if she'd be accepted," and "He told her he loved her."

    But I always feel tempted to write about them like, "The fact that Henry is asking Anne if she thinks she'll be accepted," etc. Is this okay? Or is it too english literature-y? Heellppp.

    Always use past tense. Otherwise you sound like a bit of an idiot.
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