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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Of Constitutions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. As Paine wrote in Rights of Man, what must each generation set for themselves to avoid being servants of the past?
(a) Limits.
(b) Taxes.
(c) Conditions.
(d) Rights.

2. As explained by Paine in Of Constitutions, what made the constitutions binding?
(a) Nations put their coexistence as a priority.
(b) Nations had no interest in being misled.
(c) Nations had no interest in being wrong.
(d) Nations put their success as a priority.

3. Since the people are sovereign, what were the only type of actions that Paine thought should be stopped by the law?
(a) Actions that remove the government's authority.
(b) Actions that hurt society or the government.
(c) Actions that hurt society.
(d) Actions that reduce the government.

4. What word did Paine use to describe the English Constitution in Of Constitutions?
(a) Implicit.
(b) Vague.
(c) Specific.
(d) Repetitive.

5. Which aspect of the government's presumed knowledge could not be accounted for by Burke, according to the listing of his view's problems in the Miscellaneous Chapter?
(a) Its extent.
(b) Its origin.
(c) Its limit.
(d) Its relevance.

Short Answer Questions

1. After pointing out the weaknesses of Burke's position, what did Paine indicate about Burke's principle of past English laws?

2. What did Paine think the English's reliance on law by precedence led to?

3. Why did Paine think that Burke refused to compare the French and British Constitutions?

4. Considering the point that Paine made in Of Constitutions, what were governments designed to promote under a constitution?

5. What did Paine think Burke had drastically underestimated by calling the French Revolution a violent revolt?

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