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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which Pennsylvania town did Paine refer to in Of Constitutions as having its own committee?
(a) Philadelphia.
(b) York.
(c) Pittsburgh.
(d) Allentown.

2. What were the new principles of government that Paine wrote about in Of the Old and New Systems of Government?
(a) Delegation of power and the common interest.
(b) Delegation of power and the common good.
(c) Provisional justice and loyalty.
(d) Provisional justice and legality.

3. What two things did Paine think were at the root of old governments in Of the Old and New Systems of Government?
(a) Power and self-aggrandizement.
(b) Greed and deception.
(c) Power and self-promotiion.
(d) Greed and delusion.

4. What year did the constitutional convention take place?
(a) 1784.
(b) 1785.
(c) 1787.
(d) 1786.

5. What did Paine think should happen to every bill before it was voted on in a representative style of government?
(a) It should be approved by a majority.
(b) It should be debated in succession.
(c) It should be challenged by the people.
(d) It should be read by the people.

6. What did Paine think were society's greatest laws?
(a) The laws of equality.
(b) The laws of independence.
(c) The laws of reason.
(d) The laws of nature.

7. Why did Paine think the Articles of Confederation was ineffective?
(a) It was not representative enough.
(b) It was not detailed enough.
(c) It was too detailed.
(d) It was too representative.

8. How did Paine characterize constitutions and governments in Of Constitutions?
(a) They were distinct.
(b) They were complimentary.
(c) They were not distinct.
(d) They were not complimentary.

9. Using his own life experiences as proof of his expertise, what did Paine think the young people of Europe needed?
(a) Lessons in reality.
(b) More examples to look to.
(c) Rules and consequences.
(d) Moral instruction.

10. How did Paine describe republicanism in Of the Old and New Systems of Government?
(a) It promotes the common good.
(b) It reinforces the notion of loyalty.
(c) It reinforces the notion of justice.
(d) It promotes the common thinking.

11. Announcing the arrival of representative government at the end of Ways and Means of Improving the Conditions of Europe, how did Paine advise that future revolution should be contemplated?
(a) Frequently.
(b) Aggressively.
(c) Repeatedly.
(d) Carefully.

12. How many houses of Congress were part of the Constitution that was ratified at the constitutional convention?
(a) Three.
(b) Two.
(c) None.
(d) One.

13. What word did Paine use to describe the decisions of juries in Part Two of Rights of Man?
(a) Controversial.
(b) Arbitrary.
(c) Confusing.
(d) Ambiguous.

14. Which effect did Paine think domestic trade had on foreign trade?
(a) Neither of them were connected.
(b) If one was the good, the other was not necessarily good too.
(c) If one was good, the other was too.
(d) If one was good, the other could not be.

15. What type of taxes did the Peers pay?
(a) Average.
(b) High.
(c) None.
(d) Low.

Short Answer Questions

1. What were Paine's thoughts about the idea of nations flourishing on commerce alone?

2. By writing Part Two of Rights of Man, what was Paine aiming to reveal about the claims of government to produce order?

3. According to Paine in Of Constitutions, how many representative bodies should a government have?

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

5. What type of fighting did Paine think corporate charters produced where they existed?

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