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. Which countries have left room in their Constitution for revision if necessary in the future?

2. When does Paine believe every person should be issued property?

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

4. What war does Paine believe might have been the inspiration for a Christian tale about the Almighty?

5. What should the main purpose of a Constitution be?

Short Essay Questions

1. What should civilized states be concerned about ?

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

3. How does Paine handle the responses to the Rights of Man by Burke and others?

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

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

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

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

8. What are Paine's religious views when writing Age of Reason?

9. What are the two reasons why Paine waited before writing and releasing the Rights of Man, Part II?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Age of Reason features Paine's views of religion as he questions certain aspects of the different churches and practices.

1) Describe Paine's personal opinions about religion, churches, and which one he ascribes to.

2) Analyze Paine's description of revelation and the way it is referred to by different religions.

3) Explain some of the different examples of how Paine questions some of the tales in Christianity, and his general views on how Christians live their lives.

4) Describe why Paine has doubts about the authenticity of the Old and New Testaments, what he believes is the most important proof of God's existence, and what guide people should refer to when seeking God's advice or wishes.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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