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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. According to Paine, what goes against human nature?
(a) Absolute governments.
(b) An absence of government.
(c) A self-sufficient government.
(d) Partial governments.

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

3. At what age can a monarch be appointed in Britain?
(a) At any age.
(b) At age ten.
(c) At age twenty.
(d) At age fifteen.

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

5. How many total pages is Burke's denouncement of the French Revolution?
(a) Four hundred and sixty five.
(b) Three hundred and fifty six.
(c) Six hundred and forty three.
(d) Five hundred and thirty four.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do the English people indicate with their silence?

2. Why do Englishmen defend their king?

3. Why does Paine think the British are incapable of ruling America justly?

4. How many days before the taking of the Bastille did Marquis de La Fayette make a speech?

5. According to British law, how long do the children of the king have the right to rule over every common person?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the American army defeat General Howe?

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

3. What does Paine think the effects of Burke's pamphlets will be and what are Burke's reasons for publishing them?

4. What are the reasons Paine has in writing the Rights of Man and to whom is it presented?

5. Why does Paine consider the English monarchy to be ineffective?

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

7. What are some of the other criticisms that Paine has about Howe?

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

9. Why does Paine write Common Sense anonymously and how does he think his work will be remembered?

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

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