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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When does Paine wish the Revolution had begun?
(a) Eight days later.
(b) Eight months earlier.
(c) Eight months later.
(d) Eight days earlier.

2. From where was English rule founded?
(a) Italy.
(b) England.
(c) France.
(d) America.

3. How does Thomas Paine write the book Common Sense?
(a) With two co-writers.
(b) With a ghost writer.
(c) Anonymously.
(d) With a co-writer.

4. When did Edmund Burke attack the French Revolution in a book?
(a) 1718.
(b) 1791.
(c) 1719.
(d) 1781.

5. What does Paine wish America could have used against the British?
(a) The heat of summer.
(b) The element of surprise.
(c) The use of inside information.
(d) The harshness of winter.

6. What does Paine profess about himself in The Crisis?
(a) He does not believe in miracles.
(b) He is superstitious.
(c) He is not superstitious.
(d) He does believe in miracles.

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

8. What types of goals should the members of the elected have?
(a) The same goals as other countries.
(b) The same goals as the body.
(c) The same goals as half of the body.
(d) The same goals as the largest populated cities.

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

10. Why does Paine think the British are incapable of ruling America justly?
(a) They are too weak.
(b) They are too powerful.
(c) They are too jealous.
(d) They are not economically sound.

11. When was the law invented that took the freedom away from the English subjects?
(a) The fifteenth century.
(b) The seventeenth century.
(c) The sixteenth century.
(d) The fourteenth century.

12. According to Paine, which governments must unite to lead by example in order to ensure liberty worldwide?
(a) Only America and England.
(b) Only America and France.
(c) Only England and France.
(d) America, England, and France.

13. What is the English government's position on the French Revolution?
(a) Half of the English government supports it.
(b) Almost all of the English government supports it.
(c) The English government does not support it.
(d) The English government supports it.

14. What is the famous quote by Paine that starts the section, The Crisis?
(a) These are the men whose soul's need to be tested.
(b) These are the times that men's souls are tested.
(c) These are the times that try men's souls.
(d) These are the men whose soul's have been tried.

15. What are the questions about in Paine's last letter to the people of England?
(a) Power, honor, and authority.
(b) Only power.
(c) Power and honor.
(d) Only honor.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does society promote?

2. According to Paine, what goes against human nature?

3. How did the men in the American army fight Howe?

4. What does Paine hope the English people will realize from Burke's pamphlet?

5. According to Paine, what is the difference between society and government?

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