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 types of goals should the members of the elected have?

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

3. Why does Paine believe that America will succeed?

4. How does Paine categorize Howe's victories?

5. What does society promote?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How did Paine and Burke become enemies and what are Paine's concerns about Burke's pamphlet?

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

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

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

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

8. How did the American army defeat General Howe?

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

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

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

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 3

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.

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