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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 are the decrees outlining the foundation for a new French government called?

2. Why do Englishmen defend their king?

3. What replaced hopelessness during a long battle, as Paine recounts?

4. According to Paine, which governments must unite to lead by example in order to ensure liberty worldwide?

5. What is the famous quote by Paine that starts the section, The Crisis?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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