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. What does Paine use as a miserable example of the Constitution that America is trying to adopt?

2. Why do Englishmen defend their king?

3. How does Paine refer to himself, with regards to Howe?

4. Why does the monarchy no longer work in Paine's opinion?

5. For what does Paine compliment Washington?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the American army defeat General Howe?

2. Why is it necessary for the states to be separated?

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

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

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

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

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

8. According to Paine, how does England view the French Revolution?

9. How does Paine think America's Continental Congress should be designed?

10. What is the difference between society and government?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Analyze the differences between society and government as Paine refers to them in the Introduction. Use the examples that Paine provides and your analysis to explain the roles of each of them in a successful country, why and when a society needs a government, and what the priority of the elected officials in that government should be.

Essay Topic 3

Describe in detail why it was necessary for America to separate from England and declare its independence. Also, list and explain each of the reasons why England was not capable of governing America along with the benefits that the United States will have as a result of establishing their own country.

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