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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Whom was the Rights of Man presented to?
(a) Abraham Lincoln.
(b) George Washington.
(c) Benjamin Franklin.
(d) John Adams.

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

5. In his letter to Howe, what comparison does Paine make about arguing with a man who has no use for authority?
(a) Giving medicine to the dead.
(b) Talking to a wall.
(c) Reasoning with a wall.
(d) Talking to the dead.

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

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

8. When does Paine wish the Revolution had begun?
(a) Eight days earlier.
(b) Eight months later.
(c) Eight months earlier.
(d) Eight days later.

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

10. What does Paine attribute his literary career to?
(a) Only the revolution.
(b) The revolution and his dedication to independence.
(c) Only his dedication to independence.
(d) The revolution, his dedication to independence, and the will of the American people.

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

12. Which religious group of people does Paine think are persecuted?
(a) Christians.
(b) Quakers.
(c) Those who pretend to be Quakers.
(d) Those who pretend to be Christians.

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

14. What does government promote?
(a) Equality.
(b) Segregation.
(c) Unity.
(d) Acceptance.

15. When did Edmund Burke attack the French Revolution in a book?
(a) 1719.
(b) 1781.
(c) 1718.
(d) 1791.

Short Answer Questions

1. What replaced hopelessness during a long battle, as Paine recounts?

2. What does Paine believe should never separate the elected from the electors?

3. Since all men are created equal, what does Paine consider aristocracy to be?

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

5. How long would news take to travel from England to America if the two countries were to reconcile at this point?

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