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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. Why does England constantly need a foe to battle?
(a) To prove their place in the world.
(b) To provide a reason for its high taxes.
(c) To increase jobs through war.
(d) To increase trade agreements.

2. What does a strong government assure against?
(a) Civil war, poverty, and treason.
(b) Poverty, but not civil war or treason.
(c) Civil war and poverty.
(d) Civil war, but not poverty.

3. In his letter to Howe, what comparison does Paine make about arguing with a man who has no use for authority?
(a) Talking to a wall.
(b) Talking to the dead.
(c) Giving medicine to the dead.
(d) Reasoning with a wall.

4. What replaced hopelessness during a long battle, as Paine recounts?
(a) Fear.
(b) Vigor.
(c) Boldness.
(d) Intelligence.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does government promote?

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

3. How did Paine originally view Burke, before he denounced the French Revolution?

4. How did the men in the American army fight Howe?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. According to Paine, how does England view the French Revolution?

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

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

7. What disappoints Paine about the limited examples of solid government that are available?

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

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

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

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