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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How many questions does Paine address in his final letter to the people of England?
(a) Eight.
(b) Four.
(c) Ten.
(d) Twelve.

2. How does Paine describe society?
(a) As a blessing.
(b) As a good example.
(c) As a perfect model.
(d) As a gift.

3. In an ideal world, who would make decisions regarding regulations?
(a) A select few members of society.
(b) A select few members of government.
(c) All members of society.
(d) All members of government.

4. What did the lack of monarchy result in for Britain before the kings?
(a) A need for commerce.
(b) A lack of commerce.
(c) A lack of war.
(d) A need for war.

5. How many times does Burke mention the Bastille in his book?
(a) Only once.
(b) Only twice.
(c) None.
(d) Only three times.

6. How does Paine respond to the people who cannot follow his logic?
(a) He is confused.
(b) He is shocked.
(c) He is angered.
(d) He is ambivalent.

7. How long does Burke think English subjects should serve in the Parliament?
(a) Only the first half of their lives.
(b) Never.
(c) Only the first three quarters of their lives.
(d) Forever.

8. Which country has England chosen as its new foe when Paine writes the Rights of Man?
(a) Germany.
(b) Italy.
(c) Russia.
(d) France.

9. How does Paine describe tyranny?
(a) An opponent that is not easily defeated.
(b) An opponent that is not easily defeated now, but will be in the future.
(c) An opponent that is easily defeated.
(d) An opponent that once could have been easily defeated, but no longer.

10. What does a strong government assure against?
(a) Poverty, but not civil war or treason.
(b) Civil war and poverty.
(c) Civil war, poverty, and treason.
(d) Civil war, but not poverty.

11. According to Paine, what goes against human nature?
(a) Partial governments.
(b) A self-sufficient government.
(c) Absolute governments.
(d) An absence of government.

12. How does Paine categorize Howe's victories?
(a) Unnecessary.
(b) Accidental.
(c) Unfortunate.
(d) Pointless.

13. According to Paine, what should not be confused with religion?
(a) A cold soul.
(b) A full soul.
(c) A warm soul.
(d) An empty soul.

14. According to Paine, what does Burke lack?
(a) An understanding of history.
(b) An understanding of government.
(c) An understanding of liberty.
(d) An understanding of economics.

15. Why do Englishmen defend their king?
(a) Out of national pride, rather than reason.
(b) Out of reason, rather than national pride.
(c) Out of both reason and national pride.
(d) Out of neither reason nor national pride.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does government promote?

2. Whose sermon given to celebrate the anniversary of the English Revolution does Burke misrepresent?

3. What types of goals should the members of the elected have?

4. At what age can a monarch be appointed in Britain?

5. What city did the British incorrectly assume was the center of America when they attacked it?

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