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Standard 3 (c): Common Sense


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  • 1. Multiple Choice
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    In Common Sense, Thomas Paine made a case for American independence on which grounds?

    British leaders had little regard for the best interests of the colonists.

    British institutions were failing to provide sufficient aid to the colonists.

    British leaders were overlooking the important contributions of colonists.

    British institutions placed too many political responsibilities on the colonists.

  • 2. Multiple Choice
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    Which of the following BEST describes Thomas Paine's argument in Common Sense?

    Diplomacy with the British Parliament is the best way to settle differences.

    The colonists have far more to lose by continuing to be a part of the British Empire.

    Parliament is simply slow to respond so the colonists must be patient in seeking their goals.

    Breaking free of English control will hurt the colonists' chances of gaining economic freedom.

  • 3. Multiple Choice
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    Why was Thomas Paine's Common Sense so influential in the colonies?

    Paine presented his arguments in language most colonists could understand.

    Paine was a highly respected military leader with extensive political experience

    Paine was a member of the British aristocracy who chose to live in the colonies.

    Paine resigned his seat in the House of Lords to protest British colonial policies.

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