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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) Baltimore.
(b) Dallas.
(c) Philadelphia.
(d) New York.

2. Since all men are created equal, what does Paine consider aristocracy to be?
(a) A deceptive practice.
(b) A hypocrisy.
(c) A naive attempt.
(d) A fallacy.

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

4. Which religious group of people does Paine think are persecuted?
(a) Those who pretend to be Quakers.
(b) Christians.
(c) Those who pretend to be Christians.
(d) Quakers.

5. What does Paine think about the idea of being a king through heredity?
(a) He thinks it is flawed, but not unreasonable.
(b) He thinks it is unnatural, but not absurd.
(c) He thinks it is reasonable and unflawed.
(d) He thinks it is absurd and unnatural.

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

7. What prevents the British from effectively governing America?
(a) Their fear.
(b) Their ignorance.
(c) Their recklessness.
(d) Their reputation.

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

9. What does society promote?
(a) Equality.
(b) Acceptance.
(c) Unity.
(d) Segregation.

10. How does Paine categorize Howe's victories?
(a) Pointless.
(b) Unnecessary.
(c) Unfortunate.
(d) Accidental.

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

12. 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.

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

14. How does Paine respond to the people who cannot follow his logic?
(a) He is shocked.
(b) He is angered.
(c) He is confused.
(d) He is ambivalent.

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) Bribery.
(b) Information.
(c) Subtlety.
(d) War.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are the questions about in Paine's last letter to the people of England?

2. According to Paine, what should not be confused with religion?

3. Why do Englishmen defend their king?

4. At what age can a monarch be appointed in Britain?

5. When does Paine wish the Revolution had begun?

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