Short Essay Questions Key
1. Why does Paine write <i>Common Sense</i> anonymously and how does he think his work will be remembered?
Paine believes that it is the cause that deserves attention, not his own personal recognition, so he writes <i>Common Sense</i> anonymously. He thinks that many of his views might not be very popular during the time the pamphlet is released but is optimistic that they will be well remembered in the future.
2. What is the difference between society and government?
Paine expresses that the difference between society and government is similar to the difference between positivism and negativism. Society thrives on unity while government leads to segregation. Another way to consider the two is that society is a blessing and government is a necessary evil.
3. Why is there a need for regulations and government in general?
Ideally, a society would work together and each member would be instrumental in making all of the important decisions. Unfortunately, as a society grows, it is almost impossible for every person to have a voice, so there is a need to have regulations as well as elected representatives that speak on their behalf. However, it should be made clear that the elected officials should always represent the goals of the people who elect them.
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