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 tactic will the king use to gain favor in the long run if he cannot rule through force in the short run?

2. What grows along with a society?

3. How does Paine describe society?

4. How long would news take to travel from England to America if the two countries were to reconcile at this point?

5. When was the law invented that took the freedom away from the English subjects?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are the problems with using faith and religion for political purposes?

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

4. What is Paine's definition of a Quaker?

5. What does Paine think that America will gain by separating from England?

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

7. How did the American army defeat General Howe?

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

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

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

Paine writes about Agrarian Justice and the distribution of land in America.

1) Describe Paine's initial theory of how land should be given to people and why he believes it is impractical.

2) Explain how Paine considers land cultivation versus dispossession.

3) Analyze Paine's concluding plan for compensating people who he thinks have been cheated of their rightful inheritance.

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