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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

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.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the letter to the Inhabitants of America that Paine writes about in the beginning years of the revolution. Include a description of his thoughts on the previous governments of Ancient Rome and Greece, as well as the similarities and differences between them and the new government that America is forming.

Essay Topic 3

Age of Reason features Paine's views of religion as he questions certain aspects of the different churches and practices.

1) Describe Paine's personal opinions about religion, churches, and which one he ascribes to.

2) Analyze Paine's description of revelation and the way it is referred to by different religions.

3) Explain some of the different examples of how Paine questions some of the tales in Christianity, and his general views on how Christians live their lives.

4) Describe why Paine has doubts about the authenticity of the Old and New Testaments, what he believes is the most important proof of God's existence, and what guide people should refer to when seeking God's advice or wishes.

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