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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which articles of Observations on the Declarations of Rights outlined the principles on which the laws of France should be built?
(a) The seventh through the tenth.
(b) The eighth through the tenth.
(c) The seventh through the eleventh.
(d) The eighth through the eleventh.

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

3. Which rights did Paine include as ones that the government should guarantee from the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Of Citizens, by the National Assembly of France?
(a) Liberty, security, religion and resistance.
(b) Liberty, property, wages and security.
(c) Liberty, property, security, wages and resistance.
(d) Liberty, property, security and resistance.

4. In the Preface of Rights of Man, who did Paine think should go directly to the people?
(a) Defenders of Justice.
(b) Friends of Justice.
(c) Friends of Liberty.
(d) Defenders of Liberty.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Paine describe human authority while correcting Burke's misrepresentation of the Declaration of the Rights of Man?

2. How did Paine depict his feelings in the Preface about the way readers of his work were being punished in some countries?

3. What crucial point did Paine make about power in the Miscellaneous Chapter?

4. What analogy did Paine draw between the American Revolution and the French Revolution in Rights of Man?

5. Which one of the following is not included in the rights that Dr. Price thought the English people had?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was Paine's explanation of reason and ignorance in the Conclusion of Part One?

2. Why did Paine write the Miscellaneous Chapter?

3. What was the English government's perception of the French Revolution and the French government?

4. What rights did Dr. Price think the people of England had, and how did Burke disagree?

5. Which criticism did Paine make about Burke's view of the French Constitution at the end of Rights of Man?

6. How did natural rights lead to civil rights in a society?

7. Why was Paine qualified to write about the French's situation accurately?

8. What were some of Paine's problems with Burke's views of governmental wisdom?

9. How did Paine clarify the target of the French people during the Revolution?

10. How did Paine indicate his intent for writing the Rights of Man in the second preface?

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