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

2. What does Paine believe about revelation?

3. Why does Paine admire the Marquis?

4. Besides the length, what is the reason Paine wanted to separate the sections of the Rights of Man?

5. What season does Paine use in the metaphor that ends the second part of the Rights of Man?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Paine consider cultivation and dispossession?

2. What is the difference between democracy and representation?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the Rights of Man, Part II, Paine elaborates on the role of government and whether a society can function without one. Explain what Paine believes the central responsibilities of government are, the tactics it uses to increase the control it has over its citizens, and why Paine believes that a society can exist in the absence of government. Include how America self-imposed its own laws during the beginning of the American Revolution as an example and describe what the key ingredients were in its success.

Essay Topic 2

Paine writes about Agrarian Justice and the distribution of land in America.

1) Describe Paine's initial theory of how land should be given to people and why he believes it is impractical.

2) Explain how Paine considers land cultivation versus dispossession.

3) Analyze Paine's concluding plan for compensating people who he thinks have been cheated of their rightful inheritance.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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