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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What makes Paine's goal of every person receiving property impossible?
(a) The inability of some to take care of a property.
(b) The proportion of the limited number of people to the available land.
(c) The inevitable greed of some in stealing property.
(d) The proportion of limited land to the number of people on the earth.

2. What part of the American Revolution received the most attention, according to Paine?
(a) The separation of America from England.
(b) The formation of a new government in America.
(c) The sacrifices made by the American people.
(d) The sacrifices made by the American soldiers.

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

4. Which one of the following does Paine list as an example of an uncivilized culture?
(a) The middle class in Europe.
(b) The poor in South America.
(c) The poor in Europe.
(d) The middle class in South America.

5. What area do Paine and the Marquis differ on?
(a) Why political reform should occur.
(b) Where political reform needs to occur.
(c) When political reform can occur.
(d) How political reform can occur.

6. What does Paine prove in order to dispel a myth about government?
(a) Most societies need government.
(b) Only certain societies need government.
(c) Society will fail without government.
(d) Society will not fail without government.

7. What are the main components of a civilized society?
(a) The affluent, the middle class, and the poor.
(b) The affluent and the poor.
(c) The middle class and the poor.
(d) The affluent and the middle class.

8. What do civilized states have that natural states do not?
(a) Disadvantages.
(b) The enforcement of laws.
(c) The absence of laws.
(d) Advantages.

9. On which concept was the old Whig party based?
(a) A two-party system.
(b) Representation.
(c) A three-party system.
(d) Heredity.

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

11. Besides the length, what is the reason Paine wanted to separate the sections of the Rights of Man?
(a) He wanted Burke to be able to refute the first section.
(b) He did not want Burke to be able to refute the second section.
(c) It was easier for the people of the world to understand the smaller sections.
(d) It was easier to release two sections on a limited budget.

12. According to Paine, what is Burke incapable of understanding about the way government works?
(a) The difference between democracy and a monarchy.
(b) The difference between representation and a monarchy.
(c) The difference between democracy, representation, and a monarchy.
(d) The difference between democracy and representation.

13. What is the reason for the ground rent a land owner should owe?
(a) To maintain the property, but not cultivate it.
(b) To maintain the property and purchase more land.
(c) To maintain the property, but not purchase more land.
(d) To maintain the property and cultivate it.

14. What point does Paine make about the rights of people to believe in events that took place?
(a) People should believe in something they have not seen, only if it is reported by credible witnesses.
(b) People do not have the right to doubt something they have not witnessed.
(c) People have the right not to believe something they have not witnessed.
(d) People should believe in something they have not seen, only if it is reported by witnesses.

15. What does Paine think is created between religions by the existence of certain churches?
(a) Placidity.
(b) Animosity.
(c) Jealousy.
(d) Hypocrisy.

Short Answer Questions

1. To what does Paine compare kings?

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

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

4. If the American Revolution had been fought only to separate America from England, how much attention does Paine think it would have received?

5. According to the second part of the Rights of Man, when was Combining Principals and Practice written?

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