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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. 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 four.
(d) The last three.

4. Why do Englishmen defend their king?
(a) Out of reason, rather than national pride.
(b) Out of national pride, rather than reason.
(c) Out of both reason and national pride.
(d) Out of neither reason nor national pride.

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

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

7. How does Thomas Paine write the book <i>Common Sense</i>?
(a) With two co-writers.
(b) Anonymously.
(c) With a ghost writer.
(d) With a co-writer.

8. What types of goals should the members of the elected have?
(a) The same goals as half of the body.
(b) The same goals as other countries.
(c) The same goals as the largest populated cities.
(d) The same goals as the body.

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

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

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

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

13. What does Paine consider the government to be?
(a) A necessary problem.
(b) A necessary evil.
(c) An unnecessary evil.
(d) An unnecessary problem.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does the monarchy no longer work in Paine's opinion?

2. What do the English people indicate with their silence?

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

4. Which country has England chosen as its new foe when Paine writes the Rights of Man?

5. How many questions does Paine address in his final letter to the people of England?

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