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. What form does Satan take on in reappearing?

2. In Paine's opinion, how is the admiration of a story determined?

3. Who is hurt the most when a government tries to prohibit its people from reading a work the government disapproves of?

4. How well were Paine's views on religion known when Age of Reason was written?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Paine consider cultivation and dispossession?

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

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

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

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

7. What opinion does Paine have of people who believe and follow Christianity?

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

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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