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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Paine wish America could have used against the British?
(a) The heat of summer.
(b) The element of surprise.
(c) The use of inside information.
(d) The harshness of winter.

2. What does Paine use examples from scripture to explain?
(a) How, why, and when kings became prominent.
(b) How and why kings became prominent.
(c) Why, but not how or when kings became prominent.
(d) How, but not why kings became prominent.

3. When was the law invented that took the freedom away from the English subjects?
(a) The fourteenth century.
(b) The sixteenth century.
(c) The seventeenth century.
(d) The fifteenth century.

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

5. According to Paine, what goes against human nature?
(a) An absence of government.
(b) Absolute governments.
(c) A self-sufficient government.
(d) Partial governments.

6. What does Paine believe each generation should have?
(a) The ideals and values of the preceding government.
(b) Its own ideals, but the values of the preceding government.
(c) Its own values, but the ideals of the preceding government.
(d) Its own ideals, values, and choices in government.

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

8. According to Paine, what does Burke lack?
(a) An understanding of government.
(b) An understanding of history.
(c) An understanding of economics.
(d) An understanding of liberty.

9. How does Paine describe tyranny?
(a) An opponent that is easily defeated.
(b) An opponent that once could have been easily defeated, but no longer.
(c) An opponent that is not easily defeated.
(d) An opponent that is not easily defeated now, but will be in the future.

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

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

12. Which country has England chosen as its new foe when Paine writes the Rights of Man?
(a) Italy.
(b) France.
(c) Germany.
(d) Russia.

13. How many days before the taking of the Bastille did Marquis de La Fayette make a speech?
(a) Five.
(b) Four.
(c) Three.
(d) Two.

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

15. What do the English people indicate with their silence?
(a) Their objection to the laws.
(b) Their inability to change the laws.
(c) Their acceptance of the laws.
(d) Their inability to understand the laws.

Short Answer Questions

1. What tactic will the king use to gain favor in the long run if he cannot rule through force in the short run?

2. What is the English government's position on the French Revolution?

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

4. At what age can a monarch be appointed in Britain?

5. What does Paine hope the English people will realize from Burke's pamphlet?

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