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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 does Paine describe the Resurrection?
(a) It was a timeless event.
(b) It was an incomparable event.
(c) It was a public event.
(d) It was a private event.

2. How should people self-impose laws in order to exist harmoniously in the absence of government?
(a) Only on a personal level.
(b) Only on a professional level.
(c) There can be no laws without government.
(d) On a personal and professional level.

3. 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 one of many lesser goals.
(b) It should be the secondary goal.
(c) It is not important.
(d) It should be the primary goal.

4. If the American Revolution had been fought only to separate America from England, how much attention does Paine think it would have received?
(a) Very little attention.
(b) No attention.
(c) A considerable amount of attention.
(d) The attention of the world.

5. When does Paine believe every person should be issued property?
(a) At ten years of age.
(b) At birth.
(c) At twenty years of age.
(d) At fifteen years of age.

Short Answer Questions

1. How much was Washington compensated for his time as the first president?

2. Who does a person that owns property owe ground rent to?

3. What do civilized states have that natural states do not?

4. How many rebuttals did Burke make to Paine's Rights of Man?

5. What area do Paine and the Marquis differ on?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What issue does Paine address concerning the Old and New Testaments?

3. What bold prediction does Paine make about the future of the monarchy and why?

4. How does Paine consider cultivation and dispossession?

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

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

7. What is Paine's theory on how people who have been cheated of their land inheritance should be compensated?

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

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

10. What does Paine believe is the general focus of any effective constitution?

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