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 government promote?

2. What does Paine attribute his literary career to?

3. As Paine states in The Crisis, what word should never replace the word "Christian"?

4. What does Paine believe should never separate the elected from the electors?

5. According to British law, how long do the children of the king have the right to rule over every common person?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Paine's writing style throughout <i>Common Sense</i> and his other collected works, and how will Paine be remembered?

3. What is the difference between democracy and representation?

4. What disappoints Paine about the limited examples of solid government that are available?

5. What are the reasons Paine has in writing the Rights of Man and to whom is it presented?

6. Why does Paine write <i>Common Sense</i> anonymously and how does he think his work will be remembered?

7. What are Paine's thoughts on the Immaculate Conception and the Resurrection?

8. What is Paine's theory on how people who have been cheated of their land inheritance should be compensated?

9. Why does Paine believe that mystery and Miracles are incompatible with religion?

10. What opinion does Paine have of people who believe and follow Christianity?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Paine writes about Agrarian Justice and the distribution of land in America.

1) Describe Paine's initial theory of how land should be given to people and why he believes it is impractical.

2) Explain how Paine considers land cultivation versus dispossession.

3) Analyze Paine's concluding plan for compensating people who he thinks have been cheated of their rightful inheritance.

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