Thomas Paine: Common Sense and The Crisis

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Why did Thomas Paine write Common Sense?

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1. Why did Thomas Paine use simple, straightforward language in his writings?

2. How could Thomas Paine's early life be described?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Thomas Paine wrote many influential pamphlets, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of his work. You'll be assessed on your knowledge of the contents and historical impact of his pamphlets.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on your understanding of:

  • Thomas Paine's early life
  • The goal of 'Common Sense'
  • Paine's writing style
  • The first line of 'The Crisis'

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on these historical pamphlets
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Thomas Paine's beliefs about the ideal form of government
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Thomas Paine's life and work

Additional Learning

Continue your study with the lesson Thomas Paine: 'Common Sense' & 'The Crisis'. The lesson features additional information on these topics:

  • Thomas Paine's life
  • Themes, ideas and messages of 'Common Sense' and 'The Crisis'
  • Historical impact of Paine's writings
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