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 are the main components of a civilized society?

2. Where is the church located to which Paine subscribes?

3. According to Paine, which Greek mythological figure did the Virgin Mary replace in Christianity?

4. What does Paine prove in order to dispel a myth about government?

5. In what way does the concept of holding property disinherit people?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the historical significance of the life of Jesus?

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

3. How does Paine consider cultivation and dispossession?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Paine rejects the notion that religion should be used in politics in any way.

1) Describe Paine's views on religion and what should be considered when opposing someone's opinions or beliefs.

2) Explain Paine's warning against using religion for political purposes and the results of what happens when faith is misused in this way.

3) Describe the Quakers and their situation according to Paine's analysis of them in The Crisis.

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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