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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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.

3. What river are the American troops preparing to cross as Paine describes their trials and tribulations?
(a) The Delaware.
(b) The Missouri.
(c) The Mississippi.
(d) The Hudson.

4. Why does England constantly need a foe to battle?
(a) To increase jobs through war.
(b) To prove their place in the world.
(c) To increase trade agreements.
(d) To provide a reason for its high taxes.

5. How did Paine originally view Burke, before he denounced the French Revolution?
(a) As a possible ally.
(b) As an enemy.
(c) As a possible threat.
(d) As an ally.

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

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

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

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

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

11. How does Paine describe Burke's descriptions of the French during the Revolution?
(a) Disturbing and predictable.
(b) Vulgar and predictable.
(c) Disturbing and vulgar.
(d) Disturbing, vulgar, and predictable.

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

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

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

15. For what does Paine compliment Washington?
(a) For his economic resources.
(b) For his character, mind, and economic resources.
(c) For his mind and economic resources.
(d) For his character and mind.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Paine, which governments must unite to lead by example in order to ensure liberty worldwide?

2. Which religious group of people does Paine think are persecuted?

3. When was the law invented that took the freedom away from the English subjects?

4. Whom was the Rights of Man presented to?

5. What replaced hopelessness during a long battle, as Paine recounts?

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