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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Why does Paine believe that America will succeed?
(a) Because of great numbers.
(b) Because of its political status.
(c) Because of unity.
(d) Because of its economic status.

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

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 neither reason nor national pride.
(d) Out of both reason and national pride.

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

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

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

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

9. How does Paine describe Burke's analysis of France?
(a) Darkness attempting to conceal light.
(b) Darkness attempting to destroy light.
(c) Darkness attempting to illuminate light.
(d) Darkness attempting to deny light.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Paine describe Burke's descriptions of the French during the Revolution?

2. What are the decrees outlining the foundation for a new French government called?

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

4. What are the questions about in Paine's last letter to the people of England?

5. What is the result of using faith for political reasons?

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