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

2. What were Paine's thoughts about the idea of nations flourishing on commerce alone?
(a) It should not and could not be done.
(b) It was possible, but should not be done.
(c) It was possible and should be done.
(d) It should only be done in certain nations.

3. What style was Part One of Rights of Man written in by Paine?
(a) Provoking.
(b) Popular.
(c) Educational.
(d) Traditional.

4. In Paine's opinion, what did the power of the Peers represent?
(a) Political corruption.
(b) Political inequality.
(c) Financial devastation.
(d) Financial ignorance.

5. 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) Greed and delusion.
(d) Power and self-promotiion.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Paine in Of the Old and New Systems of Government, what was the American Presidency originally built on?

2. Which Pennsylvania town did Paine refer to in Of Constitutions as having its own committee?

3. In concluding Of the Old and New Systems of Government, what did Paine state was the basis for free governments?

4. As Paine explained in Ways and Means of Improving the Conditions of Europe, what should the increase of commerce never be attributed to?

5. How did Paine describe the idea of bureaucrats managing trade properly?

Short Essay Questions

1. How and why were the committees of America formed before the Declaration of Independence?

2. What was the purpose of Congress' original meetings in 1774 and 1775, and what effect did the Declaration of Independence have on America?

3. Why did Paine think that natural rights rejected hereditary government?

4. Why did Paine think that America was the only country that could have tried the new form of government he supported?

5. Why did Paine support commerce and universal trade in Ways and Means of Improving the Conditions of Europe?

6. How did Paine describe Republicanism as a response to Burke at the end of Chapter 3?

7. How much time had passed between Part One and Part Two of Rights of Man, and how did Burke respond to Part One?

8. How did Paine end Rights of Man with the optimism of the coming Revolutions and Republics?

9. What was Paine's objection to the Articles of Confederation?

10. As discussed in Ways and Means of Improving the Conditions of Europe, what effect would a possible alliance with France have for England?

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