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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) Paris.
(b) Grenoble.
(c) Bordeaux.
(d) Strasbourg.

2. What concerns Paine about how Burke's pamphlet is published?
(a) The incorrect order of pages.
(b) The colors used.
(c) The small print.
(d) The translation.

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

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

5. 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 not be popular.
(d) They may have been popular at an earlier date.

6. How many ancient tyrannies does Paine think comprise the English Constitution?
(a) None.
(b) Three.
(c) One.
(d) Two.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

14. According to Paine, what goes against human nature?
(a) A self-sufficient government.
(b) An absence of government.
(c) Partial governments.
(d) Absolute governments.

15. What tactic will the king use to gain favor in the long run if he cannot rule through force in the short run?
(a) Subtlety.
(b) Information.
(c) War.
(d) Bribery.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the Rights of Man considered?

2. What does Paine think about the idea of being a king through heredity?

3. What does Paine use examples from scripture to explain?

4. How many total pages is Burke's denouncement of the French Revolution?

5. What is the famous quote by Paine that starts the section, The Crisis?

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