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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. For what does Paine compliment Washington?
(a) For his economic resources.
(b) For his character and mind.
(c) For his character, mind, and economic resources.
(d) For his mind and economic resources.

2. What does a strong government assure against?
(a) Civil war and poverty.
(b) Poverty, but not civil war or treason.
(c) Civil war, but not poverty.
(d) Civil war, poverty, and treason.

3. What does Paine use examples from scripture to explain?
(a) How, but not why kings became prominent.
(b) How, why, and when kings became prominent.
(c) Why, but not how or when kings became prominent.
(d) How and why kings became prominent.

4. What did the lack of monarchy result in for Britain before the kings?
(a) A lack of war.
(b) A lack of commerce.
(c) A need for war.
(d) A need for commerce.

5. As Paine states in The Crisis, what word should never replace the word "Christian"?
(a) Bigot.
(b) Thief.
(c) Liar.
(d) Imposter.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What are the questions about in Paine's last letter to the people of England?

3. Whom was the Rights of Man presented to?

4. What is the result of using faith for political reasons?

5. When was the law invented that took the freedom away from the English subjects?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the American army defeat General Howe?

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

3. Does Paine think that a natural state and civilized state are exchangeable?

4. Why does Paine have a favorable opinion of the Marquis de La Fayette and what is the one area where the two differ?

5. How does Paine define a revelation?

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

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

8. What are the two reasons why Paine waited before writing and releasing the Rights of Man, Part II?

9. How does Paine consider cultivation and dispossession?

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

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