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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 will the first twenty years of American independence not predict, according to Paine?
(a) The next twenty years.
(b) The next fifteen years.
(c) The next ten years.
(d) The next five years.

2. At what age can a monarch be appointed in Britain?
(a) At any age.
(b) At age twenty.
(c) At age ten.
(d) At age fifteen.

3. Since all men are created equal, what does Paine consider aristocracy to be?
(a) A fallacy.
(b) A deceptive practice.
(c) A naive attempt.
(d) A hypocrisy.

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

5. How many questions does Paine address in his final letter to the people of England?
(a) Ten.
(b) Eight.
(c) Twelve.
(d) Four.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How does Paine categorize Howe's victories?

3. What does Paine use examples from scripture to explain?

4. How does Paine describe society?

5. Why does Paine believe that America will succeed?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What are the problems with using faith and religion for political purposes?

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

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

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

7. What would happen to the land in America if the country reconciles with England?

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

9. What are the reasons Paine gives in support of America's Declaration of Independence?

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

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