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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 important is it for a civilized society to guarantee a better life for its people than if they had been born before civilization?
(a) It should be the primary goal.
(b) It is not important.
(c) It should be the secondary goal.
(d) It should be one of many lesser goals.

2. What do civilized states have that natural states do not?
(a) Disadvantages.
(b) The enforcement of laws.
(c) Advantages.
(d) The absence of laws.

3. How does Paine define a civilized society?
(a) One that has extreme opposites.
(b) One that has three different points of views.
(c) One that has extreme similarities.
(d) One that has only one point of view.

4. 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 decent place.
(d) To make the world a noteworthy place.

5. What does Paine believe about revelation?
(a) It cannot be achieved in church.
(b) It can only be achieved in church.
(c) It cannot be achieved secondhand.
(d) It can only be achieved secondhand.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Paine think civilized states need to develop remedies for?

3. Who is hurt the most when a government tries to prohibit its people from reading a work the government disapproves of?

4. How many of the pamphlets printed in response to the Rights of Man does Paine consider worth remembering?

5. Through his belief in God, what does Paine hope for?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are Paine's thoughts on the Immaculate Conception and the Resurrection?

2. Why does Paine believe that mystery and Miracles are incompatible with religion?

3. What is the proof of God's existence that Paine also believes is a guide for people to live their lives?

4. What are Paine's religious views when writing Age of Reason?

5. What are some of the doubts Paine expresses about prophecies?

6. What is the historical significance of the life of Jesus?

7. How does Paine feel about the bad laws that exist and whether to follow them?

8. How does Paine handle the responses to the Rights of Man by Burke and others?

9. What is impressive about the way George Washington became the first president of the United States of America and the way he was compensated?

10. What is Paine's writing style throughout Common Sense and his other collected works, and how will Paine be remembered?

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