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. How does Paine describe society?

2. What does Howe support that draws Paine's criticism?

3. What does society promote?

4. Which country has England chosen as its new foe when Paine writes the Rights of Man?

5. According to Paine, whose role in the French Revolution should not be diminished?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How did the American army defeat General Howe?

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

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

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

6. What are the reasons Paine has in writing the Rights of Man and to whom is it presented?

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

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

9. Why does Paine write Common Sense anonymously and how does he think his work will be remembered?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Paine and Burke disagreed on several important events regarding the French Revolution.

1) Compare the views of Paine and Burke on the following issues: Dr. Price's speech at the celebration of the English Revolution, the French's actions against Louis XVI, Versailles, and the Bastille.

2) Explain the different techniques used in conveying the arguments by Paine and Burke, including which one was more effective and why.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Explain the major differences between a natural state and a civilized state, including the benefits of each, and how Paine thinks they should both be incorporated into a government. Provide a detailed analysis of the goals a civilized society has and examples of why the equality of birth is essential to a society's growth.

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