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. Where is Paine living when Burke's pamphlet is being published?
2. According to Paine, what does Burke lack?
3. What river are the American troops preparing to cross as Paine describes their trials and tribulations?
4. Why does England constantly need a foe to battle?
5. How did Paine originally view Burke, before he denounced the French Revolution?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the proof of God's existence that Paine also believes is a guide for people to live their lives?
2. According to Paine, how does England view the French Revolution?
3. What does Paine hope the English people will do as a result of reading Burke's pamphlets?
4. How does Paine define a revelation?
5. What are the reasons Paine gives in support of America's Declaration of Independence?
6. What is Paine's belief about land distribution at birth and why does he think it is impractical?
7. What is the view of Gideon that Paine uses as an example?
8. How does Paine think America's Continental Congress should be designed?
9. Why does Paine think that America will succeed on its own?
10. What would happen to the land in America if the country reconciles with England?
Essay Topic 1
Explain the major differences between a natural state and a civilized state, including the benefits of each, and how Paine thinks they should both be incorporated into a government. Provide a detailed analysis of the goals a civilized society has and examples of why the equality of birth is essential to a society's growth.
Essay Topic 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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