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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. What is the famous quote by Paine that starts the section, The Crisis?
(a) These are the men whose soul's need to be tested.
(b) These are the men whose soul's have been tried.
(c) These are the times that men's souls are tested.
(d) These are the times that try men's souls.

5. How does Paine describe the Quakers?
(a) Offensive and loud.
(b) Quiet but offensive.
(c) Inoffensive but loud.
(d) Quiet and inoffensive.

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

7. What river are the American troops preparing to cross as Paine describes their trials and tribulations?
(a) The Hudson.
(b) The Delaware.
(c) The Mississippi.
(d) The Missouri.

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

9. What are the questions about in Paine's last letter to the people of England?
(a) Only honor.
(b) Power, honor, and authority.
(c) Power and honor.
(d) Only power.

10. What did Gideon deny?
(a) The benefits of being a leader.
(b) The drawbacks of being a leader.
(c) The idea of being given the role of leader.
(d) The role of leader.

11. In an ideal world, who would make decisions regarding regulations?
(a) All members of society.
(b) A select few members of society.
(c) All members of government.
(d) A select few members of government.

12. 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) A penny wise and a pound foolish.
(c) The best defense is a good offense.
(d) A problem shared is a problem halved.

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

14. How does Thomas Paine write the book <i>Common Sense</i>?
(a) With a co-writer.
(b) With two co-writers.
(c) Anonymously.
(d) With a ghost writer.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

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

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

5. According to Paine, what does Burke lack?

(see the answer keys)

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