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

2. How does Paine describe Burke's analysis of France?
(a) Darkness attempting to deny light.
(b) Darkness attempting to illuminate light.
(c) Darkness attempting to destroy light.
(d) Darkness attempting to conceal light.

3. According to Paine, what is the difference between society and government?
(a) Positivism versus negativism.
(b) East versus West.
(c) North versus South.
(d) Right versus wrong.

4. What is the famous quote by Paine that starts the section, The Crisis?
(a) These are the men whose soul's have been tried.
(b) These are the times that men's souls are tested.
(c) These are the times that try men's souls.
(d) These are the men whose soul's need to be tested.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What river are the American troops preparing to cross as Paine describes their trials and tribulations?

2. What tactic will the king use to gain favor in the long run if he cannot rule through force in the short run?

3. What did the lack of monarchy result in for Britain before the kings?

4. What does a strong government assure against?

5. How does Paine describe the Quakers?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Paine think America's Continental Congress should be designed?

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why is there a need for regulations and government in general?

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

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