Common Sense, Rights of Man, and Other Essential Writings Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Paine describe tyranny?

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

3. Why does the monarchy no longer work in Paine's opinion?

4. According to Paine, what goes against human nature?

5. According to Paine, whose role in the French Revolution should not be diminished?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Paine think the effects of Burke's pamphlets will be and what are Burke's reasons for publishing them?

3. Why does Paine write Common Sense anonymously and how does he think his work will be remembered?

4. What are the reasons Paine gives in support of America's Declaration of Independence?

5. How does Paine recall the events surrounding George Washington's crossing of the Delaware?

6. What are the reasons Paine has in writing the Rights of Man and to whom is it presented?

7. Why does Paine consider the English monarchy to be ineffective?

8. Why is it necessary for the states to be separated?

9. How does Burke misrepresent Dr. Price's speech and what is Paine's response?

10. According to Paine, how does England view the French Revolution?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe what America is like after the revolution, the new government, why Paine believes it will succeed where others have failed, and the impact it has on the other countries of the world. Use examples from the end of The Crisis to support your analysis and explain why Paine is grateful to the revolution for his literary career.

Essay Topic 2

Analyze the differences between democracy and representation using several examples from the Rights of Man, Part II. Be sure to include Paine's main points on each concept of government, which one he believes to be more effective, and why.

Essay Topic 3

In the Rights of Man, Part II, Paine elaborates on the role of government and whether a society can function without one. Explain what Paine believes the central responsibilities of government are, the tactics it uses to increase the control it has over its citizens, and why Paine believes that a society can exist in the absence of government. Include how America self-imposed its own laws during the beginning of the American Revolution as an example and describe what the key ingredients were in its success.

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