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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. If the American Revolution had been fought only to separate America from England, how much attention does Paine think it would have received?
(a) No attention.
(b) The attention of the world.
(c) Very little attention.
(d) A considerable amount of attention.

2. How important is it for a civilized society to guarantee a better life for its people than if they had been born before civilization?
(a) It should be one of many lesser goals.
(b) It should be the primary goal.
(c) It is not important.
(d) It should be the secondary goal.

3. In what way does the concept of holding property disinherit people?
(a) Gradually, at a slower pace.
(b) Evenly, at a quicker pace.
(c) Gradually, at an even pace.
(d) Immediately.

4. After being banished by the Almighty, where did Satan later reappear?
(a) In a forest.
(b) In a tree.
(c) In a garden.
(d) In a river.

5. Which party did Washington belong to when he became the first president of the United States?
(a) The Whig Party.
(b) The Democratic Party.
(c) None.
(d) The Republican Party.

6. How does Paine define a civilized society?
(a) One that has extreme similarities.
(b) One that has extreme opposites.
(c) One that has three different points of views.
(d) One that has only one point of view.

7. As mentioned by Paine in Age of Reason, what did Jesus preach?
(a) Only morality.
(b) Paine is unaware of the teachings of Jesus.
(c) Only benevolence.
(d) Benevolence and morality.

8. What ancient philosopher does Paine mention in Age of Reason?
(a) Plato.
(b) Confucius.
(c) Aristotle.
(d) Socrates.

9. Which countries have left room in their Constitution for revision if necessary in the future?
(a) America, France, and England.
(b) America and England.
(c) France and England.
(d) America and France.

10. How should people self-impose laws in order to exist harmoniously in the absence of government?
(a) On a personal and professional level.
(b) There can be no laws without government.
(c) Only on a personal level.
(d) Only on a professional level.

11. What happens if people refuse to obey a law they oppose?
(a) The argument against the law is strengthened.
(b) The intentions of the argument are misunderstood.
(c) The argument against the law is weakened.
(d) The intentions of the argument are proven false.

12. What does Paine surmise Burke's view of government entails?
(a) Government should be controlled by the people.
(b) People should only control some forms of government.
(c) Government should only control some people.
(d) People should be controlled by government.

13. How does Paine describe the people of ancient times in Agrarian Justice?
(a) Settled.
(b) Overdeveloped.
(c) Nomadic.
(d) Underdeveloped.

14. What label does Paine give to revelations that have not been witnessed?
(a) Hearsay.
(b) Absolutions.
(c) Indisputable.
(d) Disputable.

15. What does Paine find interesting about the Immaculate Conception?
(a) It cannot be disproven.
(b) Its meaning has changed with time.
(c) Its meaning has not changed with time.
(d) It can be disproven.

Short Answer Questions

1. Does Paine believe it is possible to evolve from a civilized state to a natural state?

2. How does Paine think that Christians are taught about the tales they learn?

3. What is Paine's opinion of the dispossession of property?

4. How did the conquerors treat defeated enemies in the earliest known governments?

5. What term refers to a property that does not need to be maintained by the owner?

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