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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What saddens Paine about the analogies made to good and solid government?
(a) They involve Greece and Rome.
(b) They involve Britain, Greece, Rome, France, and Spain.
(c) They involve Britain.
(d) They involve France and Spain.

2. What does Paine profess about himself in The Crisis?
(a) He is not superstitious.
(b) He does not believe in miracles.
(c) He does believe in miracles.
(d) He is superstitious.

3. At what age can a monarch be appointed in Britain?
(a) At any age.
(b) At age fifteen.
(c) At age twenty.
(d) At age ten.

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

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

6. According to Paine, what is the difference between society and government?
(a) Positivism versus negativism.
(b) Right versus wrong.
(c) East versus West.
(d) North versus South.

7. What is the result of using faith for political reasons?
(a) It undermines all religions.
(b) It undermines only the religion involved.
(c) It undermines the religions that are not involved.
(d) It undermines the right to practice religion freely.

8. What is the English government's position on the French Revolution?
(a) The English government does not support it.
(b) The English government supports it.
(c) Half of the English government supports it.
(d) Almost all of the English government supports it.

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

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

11. When did the English Revolution take place?
(a) 1688.
(b) 1698.
(c) 1697.
(d) 1678.

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

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

14. What does government promote?
(a) Unity.
(b) Equality.
(c) Segregation.
(d) Acceptance.

15. How many years of the Revolution does Paine discuss in a letter to the Inhabitants of America?
(a) The first four.
(b) The last three.
(c) The first three.
(d) The last four.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which one of the following is not included in the natural rights Paine believes should be retained by people after they are born?

2. What is the Rights of Man considered?

3. How does Thomas Paine write the book Common Sense?

4. What are the rumors about the reason behind Burke's pamphlet?

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

(see the answer keys)

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