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 does Howe support that draws Paine's criticism?

2. In the Introduction, what does Paine state about the thoughts of the book?

3. What will the first twenty years of American independence not predict, according to Paine?

4. How long does Burke think English subjects should serve in the Parliament?

5. How does Paine describe tyranny?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How did the American army defeat General Howe?

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

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

5. Why is there a need for regulations and government in general?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the differences between democracy and representation using several examples from the Rights of Man, Part II. Be sure to include Paine's main points on each concept of government, which one he believes to be more effective, and why.

Essay Topic 2

Paine and Burke disagreed on several important events regarding the French Revolution.

1) Compare the views of Paine and Burke on the following issues: Dr. Price's speech at the celebration of the English Revolution, the French's actions against Louis XVI, Versailles, and the Bastille.

2) Explain the different techniques used in conveying the arguments by Paine and Burke, including which one was more effective and why.

Essay Topic 3

Paine rejects the notion that religion should be used in politics in any way.

1) Describe Paine's views on religion and what should be considered when opposing someone's opinions or beliefs.

2) Explain Paine's warning against using religion for political purposes and the results of what happens when faith is misused in this way.

3) Describe the Quakers and their situation according to Paine's analysis of them in The Crisis.

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