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

2. When did Edmund Burke attack the French Revolution in a book?
(a) 1781.
(b) 1718.
(c) 1791.
(d) 1719.

3. How long would news take to travel from England to America if the two countries were to reconcile at this point?
(a) Four or five months.
(b) Two or three months.
(c) Two or three weeks.
(d) Four or five weeks.

4. How does Paine categorize Howe's victories?
(a) Unnecessary.
(b) Unfortunate.
(c) Pointless.
(d) Accidental.

5. According to Paine, whose role in the French Revolution should not be diminished?
(a) Abraham Lincoln.
(b) Benjamin Franklin.
(c) John Adams.
(d) George Washington.

Short Answer Questions

1. What city did the British incorrectly assume was the center of America when they attacked it?

2. How does Paine refer to himself, with regards to Howe?

3. From where was English rule founded?

4. What does Burke continue to perpetuate with his actions?

5. Why does Paine state that America took up arms against England?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the difference between society and government?

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

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

4. Why is it necessary for the states to be separated?

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

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

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

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

9. How did the American army defeat General Howe?

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

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