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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. When did the English Revolution take place?
(a) 1688.
(b) 1698.
(c) 1678.
(d) 1697.

2. Which religious group of people does Paine think are persecuted?
(a) Those who pretend to be Quakers.
(b) Quakers.
(c) Those who pretend to be Christians.
(d) Christians.

3. 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.

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

5. What prevents the British from effectively governing America?
(a) Their reputation.
(b) Their fear.
(c) Their ignorance.
(d) Their recklessness.

Short Answer Questions

1. At what age can a monarch be appointed in Britain?

2. Which proverb does Paine refer to when commenting on the acts of Howe and Burgoyne?

3. What is the Rights of Man considered?

4. What does government promote?

5. What does Paine use as a miserable example of the Constitution that America is trying to adopt?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does Paine write Common Sense anonymously and how does he think his work will be remembered?

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

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

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

8. How did the American army defeat General Howe?

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

10. What does Burke accuse the French of pertaining to their actions against Louis XVI and how does Paine correct him?

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