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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. According to Paine, what should not be confused with religion?
(a) A warm soul.
(b) A full soul.
(c) An empty soul.
(d) A cold soul.

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

4. Which proverb does Paine refer to when commenting on the acts of Howe and Burgoyne?
(a) In for a penny, in for a pound.
(b) A problem shared is a problem halved.
(c) The best defense is a good offense.
(d) A penny wise and a pound foolish.

5. In his letter to Howe, what comparison does Paine make about arguing with a man who has no use for authority?
(a) Talking to a wall.
(b) Giving medicine to the dead.
(c) Reasoning with a wall.
(d) Talking to the dead.

Short Answer Questions

1. What grows along with a society?

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

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

4. Why does the monarchy no longer work in Paine's opinion?

5. How many years of the Revolution does Paine discuss in a letter to the Inhabitants of America?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Paine describes Benjamin Franklin's historical role in the French Constitution?

4. How did the American army defeat General Howe?

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

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

7. Why does Paine think that America will succeed on its own?

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 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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