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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What does Burke continue to perpetuate with his actions?
(a) A false sense of security for the nations.
(b) France's decreased status in the world.
(c) England's decreased status in the world.
(d) Animosity between the nations.

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

5. What does Howe support that draws Paine's criticism?
(a) The decreasing costs of American products.
(b) The rising costs of American products.
(c) The theft of American money.
(d) The counterfeiting of American money.

6. What does Paine believe will happen with time?
(a) His views will become accepted, but not favored.
(b) His views will become favored, but not accepted.
(c) His views will never become accepted or favored.
(d) His views will become accepted and possibly favored.

7. What does Paine believe would end government through hereditary?
(a) Having each king only serve for five years.
(b) Having each king elected.
(c) Having each king only serve for ten years.
(d) Having each king only serve two terms.

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

9. What city did the British incorrectly assume was the center of America when they attacked it?
(a) Dallas.
(b) Philadelphia.
(c) New York.
(d) Baltimore.

10. 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.

11. Whose sermon given to celebrate the anniversary of the English Revolution does Burke misrepresent?
(a) James Mackintosh.
(b) Joseph Priestley.
(c) Richard Price.
(d) Daniel Conway.

12. 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) Reasoning with a wall.
(d) Talking to a wall.

13. What did Gideon deny?
(a) The benefits of being a leader.
(b) The idea of being given the role of leader.
(c) The drawbacks of being a leader.
(d) The role of leader.

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

15. What are the questions about in Paine's last letter to the people of England?
(a) Power and honor.
(b) Only honor.
(c) Power, honor, and authority.
(d) Only power.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why do Englishmen defend their king?

2. What river are the American troops preparing to cross as Paine describes their trials and tribulations?

3. How long does Burke think English subjects should serve in the Parliament?

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

5. How many days before the taking of the Bastille did Marquis de La Fayette make a speech?

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