Study Questions and Essay Topics
How is Paine's view of government connected to his arguments for revolution?
How does Paine address the concern that America is too small to defeat the British?
Why does Paine stress that revolution will eventually occur? How does he substantiate this claim?
Suggested Essay Topics
Why does Paine think it is in America's best interest to be free from Britain?
Does Paine present a compelling argument for an American declaration of independence?
Discuss Paine's view of the connection between religion and government.
How do you think a loyalist would react to Paine's arguments?
How do Paine's opinions about human equality relate to his view of America's relationship with Britain?
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