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. Does Paine believe it is possible to evolve from a natural state to a civilized state?

2. How should people self-impose laws in order to exist harmoniously in the absence of government?

3. What does Paine compare to the limited freedom of people by the government?

4. Why does Paine admire the Marquis?

5. What form does Satan take on in reappearing?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Paine's belief about land distribution at birth and why does he think it is impractical?

2. What bold prediction does Paine make about the future of the monarchy and why?

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

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

5. What is the difference between democracy and representation?

6. What question does Paine pose to Burke after a comment made by Burke during a speech in Canada?

7. How are all people born in a natural state, and what does Paine think the responsibility of a civilized state is?

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

9. What issue does Paine address concerning the Old and New Testaments?

10. What does Paine believe is the general focus of any effective constitution?

Essay Topics

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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