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

2. How many people are born equal in a natural state?
(a) Most of them.
(b) None of them.
(c) Some of them.
(d) All of them.

3. Which one of Burke's books contained several pages quoted from the Rights of Man?
(a) Appeal from the New to the Old Whigs.
(b) Thoughts on the Present Discontents.
(c) A Vindication of Natural Society.
(d) Further Reflections on the French Revolution.

4. What label does Paine give to revelations that have not been witnessed?
(a) Absolutions.
(b) Disputable.
(c) Indisputable.
(d) Hearsay.

5. What does Paine think is odd about the conversation between Eve and Satan?
(a) Eve is not frightened.
(b) The shortness of the conversation.
(c) Eve is not confused.
(d) The extensive length of the conversation.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. To what does Paine compare kings?

3. Who does Paine think should be eligible to receive compensation for their disinheritance?

4. What season does Paine use in the metaphor that ends the second part of the Rights of Man?

5. What is not present in the Indian culture?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Paine's belief about land distribution at birth and why does he think it is impractical?

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

4. What is the concept of land ownership and rent owned, and how does it compare to the approach to land that people had in ancient times?

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

6. What should civilized states be concerned about ?

7. What example of an uncivilized society does Paine use in Agrarian Justice?

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

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

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

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