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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What city did the British incorrectly assume was the center of America when they attacked it?
(a) Dallas.
(b) Baltimore.
(c) Philadelphia.
(d) New York.

2. According to British law, how long do the children of the king have the right to rule over every common person?
(a) Only for the first generation.
(b) As long as the government reigns.
(c) Only up until the third generation.
(d) Only up until the second generation.

3. How does Paine describe Burke's analysis of France?
(a) Darkness attempting to destroy light.
(b) Darkness attempting to deny light.
(c) Darkness attempting to illuminate light.
(d) Darkness attempting to conceal light.

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

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

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

7. What does Howe support that draws Paine's criticism?
(a) The decreasing costs of American products.
(b) The counterfeiting of American money.
(c) The theft of American money.
(d) The rising costs of American products.

8. How does Burke describe Louis XVI?
(a) A beaten monarch.
(b) A fearful monarch.
(c) A mild monarch.
(d) A resourceful monarch.

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

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

11. How long would news take to travel from England to America if the two countries were to reconcile at this point?
(a) Four or five weeks.
(b) Two or three months.
(c) Four or five months.
(d) Two or three weeks.

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

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

14. What does Paine believe will happen with time?
(a) His views will become favored, but not accepted.
(b) His views will become accepted and possibly favored.
(c) His views will become accepted, but not favored.
(d) His views will never become accepted or favored.

15. What are the decrees outlining the foundation for a new French government called?
(a) The August Decrees.
(b) The December Decrees.
(c) The November Decrees.
(d) The September Decrees.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Paine use as a miserable example of the Constitution that America is trying to adopt?

2. What does Paine believe would end government through hereditary?

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

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

5. How many days before the taking of the Bastille did Marquis de La Fayette make a speech?

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