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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. What does Paine consider the government to be?

2. When was the law invented that took the freedom away from the English subjects?

3. What are the rumors about the reason behind Burke's pamphlet?

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

5. In his letter to Howe, what comparison does Paine make about arguing with a man who has no use for authority?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. When does Paine wish the Revolution had begun and why?

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

4. How does Paine consider the state of America and his literary career after the revolution?

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

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

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

8. What is the difference between society and government?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the rivalry between Paine and Burke as it is chronicled in the Rights of Man. Include how the two were once allies, what caused them to be on opposite sides, and the differences between both of their motives. Also, describe Paine's intentions with the Rights of Man and the advantages he has over Burke in his writings.

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

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.

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