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. Which effect did Paine think domestic trade had on foreign trade?

2. In Of Society and Civilization, what point did Paine make about social order?

3. What concern did many people in the states have about the newly ratified Constitution?

4. Considering the point that Paine made in Of Constitutions, what were governments designed to promote under a constitution?

5. Which two functions did Paine outline for governments in Of Constitutions?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How did Paine respond to objections about Rights of Man?

5. How was the Constitution passed and what concerns did people have about it at the time?

6. What was Paine's plan for paying off the national debt in Ways and Means of Improving the Conditions of Europe?

7. What description of early America did Paine provide in order to prove how a society could maintain itself without government?

8. What particular problem in London did Paine address in Ways and Means of Improving the Conditions of Europe?

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

10. How did Paine compare the American Constitution with the constitution of England in Of Constitutions?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

A main position that Paine took in Of Society and Civilization was that a society could function with little or no government.

1) Describe early America before the American Revolution and the reasons why it maintained itself without a formal government.

2) Explain the characteristics that Paine outlined for how a country could be maintained by society without government.

3) Analyze Paine's opinions of government's role in society and whether he thought there could be a government without society.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Analyze the comparison between the French and English governments that Paine made in Rights of Man. Also, provide a description of Paine's opinions of both governments, how they corresponded to the main themes of the book, and the points that Paine was making with the comparison.

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