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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. Where is Paine living when Burke's pamphlet is being published?

2. According to Paine, what does Burke lack?

3. What river are the American troops preparing to cross as Paine describes their trials and tribulations?

4. Why does England constantly need a foe to battle?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the proof of God's existence that Paine also believes is a guide for people to live their lives?

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

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

4. How does Paine define a revelation?

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

6. What is Paine's belief about land distribution at birth and why does he think it is impractical?

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

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

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

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

Essay 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

Age of Reason features Paine's views of religion as he questions certain aspects of the different churches and practices.

1) Describe Paine's personal opinions about religion, churches, and which one he ascribes to.

2) Analyze Paine's description of revelation and the way it is referred to by different religions.

3) Explain some of the different examples of how Paine questions some of the tales in Christianity, and his general views on how Christians live their lives.

4) Describe why Paine has doubts about the authenticity of the Old and New Testaments, what he believes is the most important proof of God's existence, and what guide people should refer to when seeking God's advice or wishes.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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