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Common Sense

Thomas Paine

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What does Paine think of government?

Where was Paine originally from?

How does Paine describe the natural state of man?

What does Paine consider a great sin committed by the Ancient Jews?

Even if a king gains legitimate power, why does Paine think that king's children should not automatically attain the same position?

What is the term Paine uses for the idea that America should resolve its differences with Britain and return to her empire?

Which of the following reasons does Paine NOT cite when he argues that the colonies must free themselves from British rule?

What does Paine suggest that America build?

Why does Paine think America's small size is an advantage in the struggle for independence?

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Theme: America as an Example of Democracy

by awritersjourney, July 04, 2013

Originally the paragon of the Ancient Greeks, democracy returns to the Western World with its advent in the Americas. Paine argues that for America to assume this type of government it would serve as an example for the rest of the Western World which is run by monarchies. As part of the "New World", Pain suggests, America now has the opportunity to practice better government institutions that will allow all individuals "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

Theme: America as an Example of Democracy

by awritersjourney, July 04, 2013

Originally the paragon of the Ancient Greeks, democracy returns to the Western World with its advent in the Americas. Paine argues that for America to assume this type of government it would serve as an example for the rest of the Western World which is run by monarchies. As part of the "New World", Pain suggests, America now has the opportunity to practice better government institutions that will allow all individuals "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

Theme: America as an Example of Democracy

by awritersjourney, July 04, 2013

Originally the paragon of the Ancient Greeks, democracy finds its new home in the beginnings America. Paine argues that this form of government can begin the change in the "New World" for better institutions of government. America, as a beacon of the democratic system, ultimately has the potential to provide all of its citizens with a chance for " life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

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