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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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.
(c) An opponent that is easily defeated.
(d) An opponent that is not easily defeated now, but will be in the future.

2. How many days before the taking of the Bastille did Marquis de La Fayette make a speech?
(a) Five.
(b) Three.
(c) Four.
(d) Two.

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

4. Since all men are created equal, what does Paine consider aristocracy to be?
(a) A hypocrisy.
(b) A fallacy.
(c) A deceptive practice.
(d) A naive attempt.

5. How long does Burke think English subjects should serve in the Parliament?
(a) Only the first three quarters of their lives.
(b) Forever.
(c) Only the first half of their lives.
(d) Never.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How many years of the Revolution does Paine discuss in a letter to the Inhabitants of America?

3. What does Paine profess about himself in The Crisis?

4. When was the law invented that took the freedom away from the English subjects?

5. According to Paine, whose role in the French Revolution should not be diminished?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the view of Gideon that Paine uses as an example?

2. Why is it necessary for the states to be separated?

3. How does the government of England increase its revenue through its disagreements with other countries?

4. What does Burke accuse the French of pertaining to their actions against Louis XVI and how does Paine correct him?

5. What are the civil rights that Paine believes should be applied to government?

6. When does Paine wish the Revolution had begun and why?

7. Why does Paine think that America will succeed on its own?

8. How does Paine consider the state of America and his literary career after the revolution?

9. What are the reasons Paine gives in support of America's Declaration of Independence?

10. What does Paine hope the English people will do as a result of reading Burke's pamphlets?

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