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

2. How does Paine describe Burke's descriptions of the French during the Revolution?

3. Why do Englishmen defend their king?

4. What does society promote?

5. In an ideal world, who would make decisions regarding regulations?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Paine define a revelation?

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

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

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

6. How does Paine handle the responses to the Rights of Man by Burke and others?

7. What does Paine believe is the general focus of any effective constitution?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

George Washington is considered by many to be the best example of what a leader should be and Paine refers to Washington's life on a number of occasions in his work.

1) Describe the significance of Washington's career in the military and how his desire to remain out of politics made him America's most qualified choice for the first President of the United States.

2) Explain why Washington received no monetary compensation for his service as president, and how his situation reflects the theory that Paine has about historical people and their financial rewards.

3) Analyze why Washington is still regarded so highly, the values that he represents, and why they are needed in any government.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Paine rejects the notion that religion should be used in politics in any way.

1) Describe Paine's views on religion and what should be considered when opposing someone's opinions or beliefs.

2) Explain Paine's warning against using religion for political purposes and the results of what happens when faith is misused in this way.

3) Describe the Quakers and their situation according to Paine's analysis of them in The Crisis.

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