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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. 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 practice religion.
(b) The right to be provided for.
(c) The right to procure happiness.
(d) The right to stand up for a cause.

2. What city did the British incorrectly assume was the center of America when they attacked it?
(a) Dallas.
(b) Baltimore.
(c) Philadelphia.
(d) New York.

3. Whom was the Rights of Man presented to?
(a) George Washington.
(b) Benjamin Franklin.
(c) Abraham Lincoln.
(d) John Adams.

4. How does Paine describe tyranny?
(a) An opponent that is not easily defeated now, but will be in the future.
(b) An opponent that is not easily defeated.
(c) An opponent that once could have been easily defeated, but no longer.
(d) An opponent that is easily defeated.

5. What river are the American troops preparing to cross as Paine describes their trials and tribulations?
(a) The Missouri.
(b) The Hudson.
(c) The Delaware.
(d) The Mississippi.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Burke continue to perpetuate with his actions?

2. Where is Paine living when Burke's pamphlet is being published?

3. In his letter to Howe, what comparison does Paine make about arguing with a man who has no use for authority?

4. When does Paine wish the Revolution had begun?

5. What does Howe support that draws Paine's criticism?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the difference between society and government?

3. How does Burke misrepresent Dr. Price's speech and what is Paine's response?

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

5. Why is there a need for regulations and government in general?

6. What mistake do the British make in attacking a particular city during the American Revolution?

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

8. What does Paine think that America will gain by separating from England?

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

10. How does Paine describes Benjamin Franklin's historical role in the French Constitution?

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