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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Paine, what should each man strive for?
(a) To make the world a powerful place.
(b) To make the world a happy place.
(c) To make the world a noteworthy place.
(d) To make the world a decent place.

2. Besides the length, what is the reason Paine wanted to separate the sections of the Rights of Man?
(a) He did not want Burke to be able to refute the second section.
(b) It was easier for the people of the world to understand the smaller sections.
(c) He wanted Burke to be able to refute the first section.
(d) It was easier to release two sections on a limited budget.

3. What must be in place once a country becomes civilized?
(a) A system to prevent the natural state from returning.
(b) A system to change the natural state.
(c) A system to prove the validity of the natural state.
(d) A system to preserve the natural state.

4. Without a guarantee of a better life, how does Paine compare the lives of people in a civilized society with life in the wilderness?
(a) They would be much better off living in the wilderness.
(b) They would not be better off living in the wilderness.
(c) They would almost be better off living in the wilderness.
(d) They would be slightly better off living in the wilderness.

5. Who is hurt the most when a government tries to prohibit its people from reading a work the government disapproves of?
(a) The author.
(b) The publisher.
(c) The government.
(d) The people.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which Indians does Paine use as an example in Agrarian Justice?

2. What is Paine's opinion of the dispossession of property?

3. What does Paine surmise Burke's view of government entails?

4. To what does Paine compare kings?

5. Which party did Washington belong to when he became the first president of the United States?

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