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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 British law, how long do the children of the king have the right to rule over every common person?
(a) Only up until the third generation.
(b) As long as the government reigns.
(c) Only for the first generation.
(d) Only up until the second generation.

2. In the Introduction, what does Paine state about the thoughts of the book?
(a) They may not be popular.
(b) They are popular for half of the country.
(c) They may have been popular at an earlier date.
(d) They are popular for all of the country.

3. What does society promote?
(a) Equality.
(b) Acceptance.
(c) Unity.
(d) Segregation.

4. How does Burke describe Louis XVI?
(a) A resourceful monarch.
(b) A beaten monarch.
(c) A mild monarch.
(d) A fearful monarch.

5. Why does the monarchy no longer work in Paine's opinion?
(a) Because the king has stopped talking to the people.
(b) Because the king is too far away from the people.
(c) Because the king has stopped listening to the people.
(d) Because the king is not far enough away from the people.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does government promote?

2. For what does Paine compliment Washington?

3. What is the English government's position on the French Revolution?

4. How many years of the Revolution does Paine discuss in a letter to the Inhabitants of America?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What are the civil rights that Paine believes should be applied to government?

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

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