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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 are the decrees outlining the foundation for a new French government called?
(a) The August Decrees.
(b) The November Decrees.
(c) The September Decrees.
(d) The December Decrees.

2. When does Paine wish the Revolution had begun?
(a) Eight months earlier.
(b) Eight days earlier.
(c) Eight months later.
(d) Eight days later.

3. What does Paine use as a miserable example of the Constitution that America is trying to adopt?
(a) Holland.
(b) Germany.
(c) Switzerland.
(d) Belgium.

4. How many days before the taking of the Bastille did Marquis de La Fayette make a speech?
(a) Two.
(b) Four.
(c) Five.
(d) Three.

5. What point does Paine use Joan of Arc as an example to support?
(a) The weakness of the British rule.
(b) America's political views.
(c) America's sacrifice for independence.
(d) The strength of the American soldiers.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the Rights of Man considered?

2. How does Paine describe Burke's descriptions of the French during the Revolution?

3. What replaced hopelessness during a long battle, as Paine recounts?

4. How did the men in the American army fight Howe?

5. According to Paine, what should not be confused with religion?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What is the difference between society and government?

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