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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 refer to himself, with regards to Howe?

2. As Paine states in The Crisis, what word should never replace the word "Christian"?

3. How does Thomas Paine write the book Common Sense?

4. What did the lack of monarchy result in for Britain before the kings?

5. When did the English Revolution take place?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What are the civil rights that Paine believes should be applied to government?

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

8. What does Burke accuse the French of pertaining to their actions against Louis XVI and how does Paine correct him?

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

10. What is the difference between society and government?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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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