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 ancient philosopher does Paine mention in Age of Reason?

2. What does Paine explain about the Almighty's response after Eve bites the apple?

3. What form does Satan take on in reappearing?

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

5. As mentioned by Paine in Age of Reason, what did Jesus preach?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What is the concept of land ownership and rent owned, and how does it compare to the approach to land that people had in ancient times?

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

7. What are some of the doubts Paine expresses about prophecies?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the rivalry between Paine and Burke as it is chronicled in the Rights of Man. Include how the two were once allies, what caused them to be on opposite sides, and the differences between both of their motives. Also, describe Paine's intentions with the Rights of Man and the advantages he has over Burke in his writings.

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

Analyze Paine's letter to General Howe by including answers to the following:

1) Why does Paine write to Howe and what is the purpose of his letter?

2) What are some examples of Howe's mistakes and lack of skills in the war, and why did Paine consider him to be incapable of gaining a victory except by accident?

3) How does America defeat Howe and cause him to surrender?

4) In what way does Howe's approach to the war depict the difference in the mentality of each country involved?

5) What were America's reasons for fighting in the American Revolution and why was England unable to understand them?

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