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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which one of the following is not included in the natural rights Paine believes should be retained by people after they are born?
(a) The right to practice religion.
(b) The right to stand up for a cause.
(c) The right to procure happiness.
(d) The right to be provided for.

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

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

4. In the Introduction, what does Paine state about the thoughts of the book?
(a) They are popular for half of the country.
(b) They are popular for all of the country.
(c) They may have been popular at an earlier date.
(d) They may not be popular.

5. What will the first twenty years of American independence not predict, according to Paine?
(a) The next twenty years.
(b) The next ten years.
(c) The next fifteen years.
(d) The next five years.

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

7. Whom was the Rights of Man presented to?
(a) George Washington.
(b) Abraham Lincoln.
(c) John Adams.
(d) Benjamin Franklin.

8. What replaced hopelessness during a long battle, as Paine recounts?
(a) Fear.
(b) Intelligence.
(c) Boldness.
(d) Vigor.

9. What do the English people indicate with their silence?
(a) Their inability to understand the laws.
(b) Their acceptance of the laws.
(c) Their inability to change the laws.
(d) Their objection to the laws.

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

11. Why does Paine believe that America will succeed?
(a) Because of its political status.
(b) Because of unity.
(c) Because of great numbers.
(d) Because of its economic status.

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

13. What does Paine attribute his literary career to?
(a) Only the revolution.
(b) The revolution, his dedication to independence, and the will of the American people.
(c) Only his dedication to independence.
(d) The revolution and his dedication to independence.

14. Whose sermon given to celebrate the anniversary of the English Revolution does Burke misrepresent?
(a) Richard Price.
(b) Daniel Conway.
(c) James Mackintosh.
(d) Joseph Priestley.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What concerns Paine about how Burke's pamphlet is published?

2. What saddens Paine about the analogies made to good and solid government?

3. What did the lack of monarchy result in for Britain before the kings?

4. What are the decrees outlining the foundation for a new French government called?

5. When does Paine wish the Revolution had begun?

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