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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Challenging Burke's view that the government had knowledge, what did Paine insist that Burke could not prove?

2. After pointing out the weaknesses of Burke's position, what did Paine indicate about Burke's principle of past English laws?

3. Which term that Burke used to label the French people did Paine consider to be an insult?

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

5. As he noted in the Preface, where did Paine desire to collect his political thoughts?

Short Essay Questions

1. What drawbacks to the English government did Paine write about while covering the rights that the French people had?

2. What criticism of Burke did Paine include at the end of the Miscellaneous Chapter?

3. How did Paine dispute Burke's opinion of the hereditary monarchy in the Miscellaneous Chapter?

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

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

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

7. How did Paine name the new era that was taking place and the future of the Revolutions at the end of Part One's Conclusion?

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

9. How did the English people differ with the English government about the French Revolution?

10. What was the essence of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of Citizens?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss three major differences that Paine and Burke had in their opinions of a hereditary monarchy. Also, include an explanation of what a hereditary monarchy was, the negative effects it had on society, and whether or not you agree with Paine about its absurdity.

Essay Topic 2

Analyze Paine's explanation of commerce and trade in Ways and Means of Improving the Conditions of Europe, including the benefits of commerce, how it could be increased, and Paine's response to the objections that had been made about free trade.

Essay Topic 3

Explain three examples of mistakes that Burke made in his description of the French Revolution, Paine's correction of the mistakes, and what their inaccuracy showed about Burke's opinions.

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