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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What prevents the British from effectively governing America?
(a) Their ignorance.
(b) Their recklessness.
(c) Their reputation.
(d) Their fear.

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

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

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

7. In the Introduction, what does Paine state about the thoughts of the book?
(a) They may not be popular.
(b) They are popular for all of the country.
(c) They are popular for half of the country.
(d) They may have been popular at an earlier date.

8. Which proverb does Paine refer to when commenting on the acts of Howe and Burgoyne?
(a) A problem shared is a problem halved.
(b) A penny wise and a pound foolish.
(c) The best defense is a good offense.
(d) In for a penny, in for a pound.

9. How long does Burke think English subjects should serve in the Parliament?
(a) Never.
(b) Only the first three quarters of their lives.
(c) Forever.
(d) Only the first half of their lives.

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

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

12. 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 reason, rather than national pride.
(d) Out of both reason and national pride.

13. What replaced hopelessness during a long battle, as Paine recounts?
(a) Vigor.
(b) Boldness.
(c) Intelligence.
(d) Fear.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Which religious group of people does Paine think are persecuted?

2. When did Edmund Burke attack the French Revolution in a book?

3. What does Paine consider the government to be?

4. How many years of the Revolution does Paine discuss in a letter to the Inhabitants of America?

5. How does Burke describe Louis XVI?

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