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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 replaced hopelessness during a long battle, as Paine recounts?

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

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

4. What does Paine believe each generation should have?

5. Which one of the following is not included in the natural rights Paine believes should be retained by people after they are born?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How does Burke misrepresent Dr. Price's speech and what is Paine's response?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe what America is like after the revolution, the new government, why Paine believes it will succeed where others have failed, and the impact it has on the other countries of the world. Use examples from the end of The Crisis to support your analysis and explain why Paine is grateful to the revolution for his literary career.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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