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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. How many rebuttals did Burke make to Paine's Rights of Man?
2. According to Paine, what is Burke incapable of understanding about the way government works?
3. What does Paine surmise Burke's view of government entails?
4. How does Paine describe life in an uncivilized culture?
5. Which one of Burke's books contained several pages quoted from the Rights of Man?
Short Essay Questions
1. What are some of the doubts Paine expresses about prophecies?
2. What is the historical significance of the life of Jesus?
3. What should civilized states be concerned about ?
4. How does Paine handle the responses to the Rights of Man by Burke and others?
5. How does Paine consider cultivation and dispossession?
6. What is the concept of land ownership and rent owned, and how does it compare to the approach to land that people had in ancient times?
7. What opinion does Paine have of people who believe and follow Christianity?
8. What are Paine's thoughts on the Immaculate Conception and the Resurrection?
9. What is Paine's writing style throughout Common Sense and his other collected works, and how will Paine be remembered?
10. What bold prediction does Paine make about the future of the monarchy and why?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
George Washington is considered by many to be the best example of what a leader should be and Paine refers to Washington's life on a number of occasions in his work.
1) Describe the significance of Washington's career in the military and how his desire to remain out of politics made him America's most qualified choice for the first President of the United States.
2) Explain why Washington received no monetary compensation for his service as president, and how his situation reflects the theory that Paine has about historical people and their financial rewards.
3) Analyze why Washington is still regarded so highly, the values that he represents, and why they are needed in any government.
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
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.
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