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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. Whose sermon given to celebrate the anniversary of the English Revolution does Burke misrepresent?

2. What point does Paine use Joan of Arc as an example to support?

3. What will the first twenty years of American independence not predict, according to Paine?

4. How does Burke describe Louis XVI?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What are some of the other criticisms that Paine has about Howe?

4. What is the difference between society and government?

5. What disappoints Paine about the limited examples of solid government that are available?

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

7. How did Paine and Burke become enemies and what are Paine's concerns about Burke's pamphlet?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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.

Essay Topic 3

At the end of the Rights of Man, Paine explains the differences between the three origins of government and provides a comparison of the English Constitution and the French Constitution.

1) Define the government of priesthood, the government of conquerors, and the government of reason, including the differences in how they work.

2) Compare and contrast the English Constitution with the French Constitution, and describe how Paine refers to both in his theory of how a government should be formed.

3) Explain the influence that America had on the French Constitution and why Paine considers it to be better than the English Constitution.

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