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. What is not present in the Indian culture?

3. To what does Paine compare kings?

4. What ancient philosopher does Paine mention in Age of Reason?

5. What are the main components of a civilized society?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Paine consider cultivation and dispossession?

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

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

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

7. What should civilized states be concerned about ?

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

9. Does Paine think that a natural state and civilized state are exchangeable?

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

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

Describe Paine's reasons for delaying the release of the Rights of Man, Part II. Include an analysis of Burke's responses to the first part of the Rights of Man and how Paine replies to him and others who attempt to challenge his views.

Essay Topic 3

Describe in detail why it was necessary for America to separate from England and declare its independence. Also, list and explain each of the reasons why England was not capable of governing America along with the benefits that the United States will have as a result of establishing their own country.

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