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. How did Paine originally view Burke, before he denounced the French Revolution?

2. What does Paine believe each generation should have?

3. From where was English rule founded?

4. How does Paine describe the Quakers?

5. What is the famous quote by Paine that starts the section, The Crisis?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Paine's reasons for delaying the release of the Rights of Man, Part II. Include an analysis of Burke's responses to the first part of the Rights of Man and how Paine replies to him and others who attempt to challenge his views.

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

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.

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