Common Sense, Rights of Man, and Other Essential Writings Test | Final 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. According to the second part of the Rights of Man, when was Combining Principals and Practice written?

2. What does Paine believe about revelation?

3. After being banished by the Almighty, where did Satan later reappear?

4. Which Indians does Paine use as an example in Agrarian Justice?

5. According to Paine, what must civilized states be careful not to overlook?

Short Essay Questions

1. What should civilized states be concerned about ?

2. How does Paine feel about the bad laws that exist and whether to follow them?

3. What example of an uncivilized society does Paine use in Agrarian Justice?

4. What are some of the doubts Paine expresses about prophecies?

5. What about the American Revolution causes the world to take notice?

6. What is the historical significance of the life of Jesus?

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

8. What is Paine's definition of a civilized society?

9. What is the difference between democracy and representation?

10. What is Paine's theories on churches and which one does he ascribe to?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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