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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. In his letter to Howe, what comparison does Paine make about arguing with a man who has no use for authority?
(a) Talking to the dead.
(b) Giving medicine to the dead.
(c) Talking to a wall.
(d) Reasoning with a wall.

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

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

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

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

8. What did the lack of monarchy result in for Britain before the kings?
(a) A need for commerce.
(b) A need for war.
(c) A lack of war.
(d) A lack of commerce.

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

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

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

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

13. Which one of the following is not included in the natural rights Paine believes should be retained by people after they are born?
(a) The right to procure happiness.
(b) The right to practice religion.
(c) The right to be provided for.
(d) The right to stand up for a cause.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. According to Paine, whose role in the French Revolution should not be diminished?

3. What does Paine consider the government to be?

4. In the Introduction, what does Paine state about the thoughts of the book?

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

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