Rights of Man Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 forms of objection were there to the Articles of Confederation?

2. How did Paine indicate the corporate charters destroy rights in Ways and Means of Improving the Conditions of Europe?

3. How did Paine characterize constitutions and governments in Of Constitutions?

4. Why did Paine think that America was the only place in the world where Independence could be tried?

5. What were the new principles of government that Paine wrote about in Of the Old and New Systems of Government?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

6. Which changes would Paine make to the revenue distribution system of the monarchy?

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

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

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

10. What was Paine's opinion of George Washington?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The first two prefaces for Rights of Man were intended to be read by English and French audiences.

1) Describe the English preface and Paine's goals when writing it.

2) Explain the message that Paine was delivering with the French preface.

3) Analyze the similarities and differences between the English and French prefaces.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

In the third preface to Rights of Man, Paine established his resentment of the backlash that his readers have received.

1) Describe the general preface for the book and the mistreatment of some of Paine's readers.

2) Explain Paine's response to the unfair treatment of his readers in other countries.

3) Analyze the literary reasons for having three prefaces in a book or document, and how they apply to Rights of Man.

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