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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. According to Paine, what should not be confused with religion?

2. What does a strong government assure against?

3. How many times does Burke mention the Bastille in his book?

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

5. What does Paine profess about himself in The Crisis?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How did the American army defeat General Howe?

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

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

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

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

10. How does Paine describes Benjamin Franklin's historical role in the French Constitution?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze Paine's letter to General Howe by including answers to the following:

1) Why does Paine write to Howe and what is the purpose of his letter?

2) What are some examples of Howe's mistakes and lack of skills in the war, and why did Paine consider him to be incapable of gaining a victory except by accident?

3) How does America defeat Howe and cause him to surrender?

4) In what way does Howe's approach to the war depict the difference in the mentality of each country involved?

5) What were America's reasons for fighting in the American Revolution and why was England unable to understand them?

Essay Topic 2

In the Rights of Man, Part II, Paine elaborates on the role of government and whether a society can function without one. Explain what Paine believes the central responsibilities of government are, the tactics it uses to increase the control it has over its citizens, and why Paine believes that a society can exist in the absence of government. Include how America self-imposed its own laws during the beginning of the American Revolution as an example and describe what the key ingredients were in its success.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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