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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Paine respond to the people who cannot follow his logic?
(a) He is ambivalent.
(b) He is angered.
(c) He is shocked.
(d) He is confused.

2. 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 months.
(b) Two or three weeks.
(c) Four or five months.
(d) Four or five weeks.

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

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

5. What concerns Paine about how Burke's pamphlet is published?
(a) The translation.
(b) The small print.
(c) The colors used.
(d) The incorrect order of pages.

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

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

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

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

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

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

12. According to Paine, what should not be confused with religion?
(a) A full soul.
(b) A cold soul.
(c) An empty soul.
(d) A warm soul.

13. What is the Rights of Man considered?
(a) A novel.
(b) A speech.
(c) An essay.
(d) A treatise.

14. What are the decrees outlining the foundation for a new French government called?
(a) The September Decrees.
(b) The August Decrees.
(c) The November Decrees.
(d) The December Decrees.

15. What does Paine hope the English people will realize from Burke's pamphlet?
(a) How archaic the English laws are.
(b) How difficult the English laws are to change.
(c) How complicated the English laws are.
(d) How easy the English laws are to change.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Paine refer to himself, with regards to Howe?

5. What does Paine think about the idea of being a king through heredity?

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