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. How does Paine describe life in an uncivilized culture?

2. How much was Washington compensated for his time as the first president?

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

4. How does Paine describe the people of ancient times in Agrarian Justice?

5. On which concept was the old Whig party based?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What should civilized states be concerned about ?

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

4. What is the proof of God's existence that Paine also believes is a guide for people to live their lives?

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

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

7. Why does Paine have a favorable opinion of the Marquis de La Fayette and what is the one area where the two differ?

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

9. What is Paine's writing style throughout Common Sense and his other collected works, and how will Paine be remembered?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the differences between society and government as Paine refers to them in the Introduction. Use the examples that Paine provides and your analysis to explain the roles of each of them in a successful country, why and when a society needs a government, and what the priority of the elected officials in that government should be.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

At the end of the Rights of Man, Paine explains the differences between the three origins of government and provides a comparison of the English Constitution and the French Constitution.

1) Define the government of priesthood, the government of conquerors, and the government of reason, including the differences in how they work.

2) Compare and contrast the English Constitution with the French Constitution, and describe how Paine refers to both in his theory of how a government should be formed.

3) Explain the influence that America had on the French Constitution and why Paine considers it to be better than the English Constitution.

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