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

2. Which one of the following is not included in the natural rights Paine believes should be retained by people after they are born?
(a) The right to procure happiness.
(b) The right to practice religion.
(c) The right to be provided for.
(d) The right to stand up for a cause.

3. What does Paine think about the idea of being a king through heredity?
(a) He thinks it is unnatural, but not absurd.
(b) He thinks it is absurd and unnatural.
(c) He thinks it is flawed, but not unreasonable.
(d) He thinks it is reasonable and unflawed.

4. What grows along with a society?
(a) A need for fewer regulations.
(b) A need for more taxation.
(c) A need for less taxation.
(d) A need for more regulations.

5. How many times does Burke mention the Bastille in his book?
(a) Only twice.
(b) None.
(c) Only three times.
(d) Only once.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How does Paine describe Burke's analysis of France?

3. How many ancient tyrannies does Paine think comprise the English Constitution?

4. What replaced hopelessness during a long battle, as Paine recounts?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Paine handle the responses to the Rights of Man by Burke and others?

2. How does Paine think America's Continental Congress should be designed?

3. How did Paine and Burke become enemies and what are Paine's concerns about Burke's pamphlet?

4. What is Paine's definition of a Quaker?

5. What is the difference between democracy and representation?

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

7. How does Paine recall the events surrounding George Washington's crossing of the Delaware?

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

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

10. What should civilized states be concerned about ?

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