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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. Who did Paine emphasize was the rightful owner of the Constitution?
(a) The people.
(b) The government.
(c) Neither the people nor the government.
(d) The people and the government.

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

3. What did Paine think the English's reliance on law by precedence led to?
(a) Abolishment of the law.
(b) Ignorance of the law.
(c) Distrust of the law.
(d) Confusion of the law.

4. In Paine's opinion, when did a society need government even less?
(a) When it had an effective military.
(b) When it had good moral character.
(c) When it had an established trade agreement.
(d) When it had vast resources.

5. Which part of the English Constitution did Paine cite as a significant achievement?
(a) Bill of Rights.
(b) Magna Carta.
(c) Petition of Right.
(d) Charter of Liberties.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Paine describe the picture of corporate towns in Ways and Means of Improving the Conditions of Europe?

2. What did Paine urge the people of Europe to believe in?

3. What did Paine think should happen to every bill before it was voted on in a representative style of government?

4. After explaining why he thought corporations should be abolished, what did Paine say companies should be free to do?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Which two functions did Paine divide governments into in Of Constitutions?

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

3. Based on the information provided in Of Constitutions, how did the American Constitution avoid the same mistakes made by the monarchical governments?

4. What was Paine's definition of Constitution in Of Constitutions?

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

6. Which countries did Paine think should have a constitution and what would make it work for them?

7. Which taxes and regulations did Paine think should be reduced or abolished in England?

8. What did Paine write about the origins of government in Chapter 2?

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

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

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