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 saddens Paine about the analogies made to good and solid government?

2. What does Paine think about the idea of being a king through heredity?

3. What does a strong government assure against?

4. What is the English government's position on the French Revolution?

5. In an ideal world, who would make decisions regarding regulations?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the American army defeat General Howe?

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

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

4. Why does Paine write Common Sense anonymously and how does he think his work will be remembered?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the deception that England uses with its people during the French Revolution. Why did the English government publicly support the war and how did their actions indicate their lack of support? What are the ways England increases the revenue to the government by using wars or conflicts with other countries? What happens when it appears that England and France might reconcile, and how does England make sure it has another country to dispute? Why do the actions of the English government confirm Paine's negative description of it throughout his works?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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