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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. In Rights of Man, what did Paine say society granted men?
(a) Everything.
(b) Nothing.
(c) Very little.
(d) A lot.

2. What did Burke think about England's past laws?
(a) They could not be altered.
(b) They could be altered.
(c) They should only be altered every one hundred years.
(d) They should only be altered every two hundred years.

3. How did Paine intend to defend the rights he wrote about in Rights of Man?
(a) Through reason.
(b) Through justifications.
(c) Through persistence.
(d) Through comparisons.

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

5. When did the burning and devastation of London take place that Paine referred to in his attempt to disprove Burke's opinion of the French people?
(a) 1750.
(b) 1770.
(c) 1730.
(d) 1780.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which French causes did Paine think were also representative of the entire world?

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

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?

4. Referencing the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Of Citizens, by the National Assembly of France, what did Paine state was the purpose of government?

5. According to Paine in the Miscellaneous Chapter, what did tyranny in the English government cause?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What caused Thomas Paine to write Rights of Man?

3. How did Paine describe the main articles in the Declaration of Rights?

4. How did the second preface of Rights of Man begin?

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

6. Who did Paine say his audience was in the third preface and what was his response to the backlash his readers were experiencing?

7. What were the differences in the three forms of government authority that Paine mentioned in Rights of Man?

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

9. Which positive examples of the French Constitution did Paine include in Rights of Man?

10. What was another reason that Paine gave for writing Rights of Man in the third preface?

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