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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. What happened to responsibility when a country attempted to blend both influences that Paine referenced in the Conclusion of Part One?

2. What did Articles IV, V and VI do in Observations on the Declarations of Rights?

3. Which right did the French people have that Paine cited as something the English people did not have?

4. In the Conclusion of Part One, how did Paine label the new era that was producing successful Republics?

5. What was the first part of Rights of Man written to accomplish?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. How did Paine defend the French people against the insulting term that Burke used to describe them?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe in detail the origin of the natural rights that Paine wrote about. Include an explanation of what the rights were, where they came from, the differences between natural and civil rights and how those rights should be represented in government and society.

Essay Topic 2

Both Paine and Burke looked at the storming of the Bastille in very different ways.

1) Describe why Burke might have decided to ignore the Bastille and how he briefly referred to it.

2) Explain Paine's opinion of the Bastille and why he considered it to be an important historical event.

3) Analyze whose opinion of the Bastille you think seems the most logical.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the backgrounds of Paine and Burke, including an analysis of the role that the past had in their opinions of the American Revolution and the French Revolution, and Paine's surprise about Burke's criticism.

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