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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What are the rumors about the reason behind Burke's pamphlet?
(a) He did it for financial reasons.
(b) He did it to receive notoriety.
(c) He did it out of hatred for other countries.
(d) He did it out of loyalty for his country.

2. What point does Paine use Joan of Arc as an example to support?
(a) The weakness of the British rule.
(b) America's sacrifice for independence.
(c) The strength of the American soldiers.
(d) America's political views.

3. How does Paine refer to himself, with regards to Howe?
(a) An enemy and countryman.
(b) A friend and an enemy.
(c) A friend, enemy, and countryman.
(d) A friend and countryman.

4. What does Paine use examples from scripture to explain?
(a) Why, but not how or when kings became prominent.
(b) How and why kings became prominent.
(c) How, why, and when kings became prominent.
(d) How, but not why kings became prominent.

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

6. Where is Paine living when Burke's pamphlet is being published?
(a) Bordeaux.
(b) Grenoble.
(c) Paris.
(d) Strasbourg.

7. What grows along with a society?
(a) A need for more regulations.
(b) A need for more taxation.
(c) A need for fewer regulations.
(d) A need for less taxation.

8. What does Paine hope the English people will realize from Burke's pamphlet?
(a) How complicated the English laws are.
(b) How difficult the English laws are to change.
(c) How easy the English laws are to change.
(d) How archaic the English laws are.

9. As Paine states in The Crisis, what word should never replace the word "Christian"?
(a) Liar.
(b) Bigot.
(c) Imposter.
(d) Thief.

10. How many total pages is Burke's denouncement of the French Revolution?
(a) Four hundred and sixty five.
(b) Five hundred and thirty four.
(c) Three hundred and fifty six.
(d) Six hundred and forty three.

11. According to Paine, whose role in the French Revolution should not be diminished?
(a) John Adams.
(b) Abraham Lincoln.
(c) George Washington.
(d) Benjamin Franklin.

12. What does Paine believe each generation should have?
(a) Its own ideals, but the values of the preceding government.
(b) Its own values, but the ideals of the preceding government.
(c) Its own ideals, values, and choices in government.
(d) The ideals and values of the preceding government.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Which proverb does Paine refer to when commenting on the acts of Howe and Burgoyne?

2. How did Paine originally view Burke, before he denounced the French Revolution?

3. What do the English people indicate with their silence?

4. Why does Paine state that America took up arms against England?

5. What will the first twenty years of American independence not predict, according to Paine?

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