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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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.

3. What replaced hopelessness during a long battle, as Paine recounts?
(a) Vigor.
(b) Fear.
(c) Boldness.
(d) Intelligence.

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

5. How did the men in the American army fight Howe?
(a) They fought for property, not an ideal.
(b) They fought for an ideal and property.
(c) They fought for an ideal, not property.
(d) They fought neither for an ideal nor property.

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

7. According to Paine, which governments must unite to lead by example in order to ensure liberty worldwide?
(a) America, England, and France.
(b) Only America and England.
(c) Only England and France.
(d) Only America and France.

8. What does Paine believe should never separate the elected from the electors?
(a) Belief, action, or money.
(b) Action, but not belief.
(c) Belief, but not action.
(d) Belief or action.

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

10. How does Paine describe the Quakers?
(a) Quiet but offensive.
(b) Offensive and loud.
(c) Inoffensive but loud.
(d) Quiet and inoffensive.

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

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

13. How does Paine describe society?
(a) As a perfect model.
(b) As a gift.
(c) As a blessing.
(d) As a good example.

14. What grows along with a society?
(a) A need for more regulations.
(b) A need for more taxation.
(c) A need for less taxation.
(d) A need for fewer regulations.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Paine wish America could have used against the British?

3. What does Paine consider the government to be?

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

5. What types of goals should the members of the elected have?

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