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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 Burke describe Louis XVI?

2. What does Burke continue to perpetuate with his actions?

3. How does Paine describe society?

4. What are the rumors about the reason behind Burke's pamphlet?

5. What are the decrees outlining the foundation for a new French government called?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What would happen to the land in America if the country reconciles with England?

3. How does Paine consider the state of America and his literary career after the revolution?

4. How are all people born in a natural state, and what does Paine think the responsibility of a civilized state is?

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

6. Why does Paine write <i>Common Sense</i> anonymously and how does he think his work will be remembered?

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

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

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

10. What disappoints Paine about the limited examples of solid government that are available?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Explain Paine's theory from the beginning of The Crisis about how America should approach the war and the conditions that face the country. Include how Paine believes it will not be an easy war to win, why he thinks America will be victorious, and his general ideas about rewards in proportion to the effort it takes to earn them.

Essay Topic 2

Analyze Paine's letter to General Howe by including answers to the following:

1) Why does Paine write to Howe and what is the purpose of his letter?

2) What are some examples of Howe's mistakes and lack of skills in the war, and why did Paine consider him to be incapable of gaining a victory except by accident?

3) How does America defeat Howe and cause him to surrender?

4) In what way does Howe's approach to the war depict the difference in the mentality of each country involved?

5) What were America's reasons for fighting in the American Revolution and why was England unable to understand them?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the deception that England uses with its people during the French Revolution. Why did the English government publicly support the war and how did their actions indicate their lack of support? What are the ways England increases the revenue to the government by using wars or conflicts with other countries? What happens when it appears that England and France might reconcile, and how does England make sure it has another country to dispute? Why do the actions of the English government confirm Paine's negative description of it throughout his works?

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