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

2. How does Paine describe Burke's analysis of France?

3. What does Paine believe would end government through hereditary?

4. What are the questions about in Paine's last letter to the people of England?

5. How does Paine describe society?

Short Essay Questions

1. When does Paine wish the Revolution had begun and why?

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

3. How does Paine describes Benjamin Franklin's historical role in the French Constitution?

4. How does the government of England increase its revenue through its disagreements with other countries?

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

6. What mistake do the British make in attacking a particular city during the American Revolution?

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

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

9. Why is there a need for regulations and government in general?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the rivalry between Paine and Burke as it is chronicled in the Rights of Man. Include how the two were once allies, what caused them to be on opposite sides, and the differences between both of their motives. Also, describe Paine's intentions with the Rights of Man and the advantages he has over Burke in his writings.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Describe Thomas Paine's life and background, including where he is originally from and what his reputation was before, during, and after writing Common Sense. Also, discuss Paine's motives in writing his pamphlets and the reasons that he chose to remain anonymous at the time. Finally, use the information in Paine's work to explain why he believed strongly in the American Revolution and how his experiences qualified him to chronicle the events as America declared Independence.

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