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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. Where is Paine living when Burke's pamphlet is being published?

2. According to Paine, what does Burke lack?

3. What river are the American troops preparing to cross as Paine describes their trials and tribulations?

4. Why does England constantly need a foe to battle?

5. How did Paine originally view Burke, before he denounced the French Revolution?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Paine hope the English people will do as a result of reading Burke's pamphlets?

4. How does Paine define a revelation?

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

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

7. What is the view of Gideon that Paine uses as an example?

8. How does Paine think America's Continental Congress should be designed?

9. Why does Paine think that America will succeed on its own?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Describe in detail why it was necessary for America to separate from England and declare its independence. Also, list and explain each of the reasons why England was not capable of governing America along with the benefits that the United States will have as a result of establishing their own country.

Essay Topic 2

At the end of the Rights of Man, Paine explains the differences between the three origins of government and provides a comparison of the English Constitution and the French Constitution.

1) Define the government of priesthood, the government of conquerors, and the government of reason, including the differences in how they work.

2) Compare and contrast the English Constitution with the French Constitution, and describe how Paine refers to both in his theory of how a government should be formed.

3) Explain the influence that America had on the French Constitution and why Paine considers it to be better than the English Constitution.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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