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

2. Whose sermon given to celebrate the anniversary of the English Revolution does Burke misrepresent?
(a) Richard Price.
(b) Daniel Conway.
(c) James Mackintosh.
(d) Joseph Priestley.

3. How many ancient tyrannies does Paine think comprise the English Constitution?
(a) Three.
(b) Two.
(c) None.
(d) One.

4. What does Paine believe each generation should have?
(a) Its own values, but the ideals of the preceding government.
(b) Its own ideals, but the values of the preceding government.
(c) Its own ideals, values, and choices in government.
(d) The ideals and values of the preceding government.

5. How many years of the Revolution does Paine discuss in a letter to the Inhabitants of America?
(a) The first three.
(b) The first four.
(c) The last three.
(d) The last four.

Short Answer Questions

1. When did the English Revolution take place?

2. In an ideal world, who would make decisions regarding regulations?

3. From where was English rule founded?

4. How many times does Burke mention the Bastille in his book?

5. What is the famous quote by Paine that starts the section, The Crisis?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Paine write <i>Common Sense</i> anonymously and how does he think his work will be remembered?

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

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

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

5. What about the American Revolution causes the world to take notice?

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

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

8. What is Paine's theories on churches and which one does he ascribe to?

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

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

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