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. Which religious group of people does Paine think are persecuted?

2. How does Paine describe Burke's analysis of France?

3. How does Paine describe the Quakers?

4. What did Gideon deny?

5. What is the result of using faith for political reasons?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. How does the government of England increase its revenue through its disagreements with other countries?

8. What is Paine's definition of a Quaker?

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

10. What does Paine think the effects of Burke's pamphlets will be and what are Burke's reasons for publishing them?

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

Describe Thomas Paine's life and background, including where he is originally from and what his reputation was before, during, and after writing Common Sense. Also, discuss Paine's motives in writing his pamphlets and the reasons that he chose to remain anonymous at the time. Finally, use the information in Paine's work to explain why he believed strongly in the American Revolution and how his experiences qualified him to chronicle the events as America declared Independence.

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