How does Enlightenment philosophy undergird Paine’s argument about both the British monarchy and American independence?
Paine frequently anticipates counterarguments to his position, invites them into his pamphlet, and then refutes them. Identify three times when he uses this rhetorical strategy and comment on its efficacy.
Describe Paine’s critique of the English constitutional monarchy in the eighteenth century. What, in his view, are the major flaws of the English government, and how have these flaws contributed to the struggle between the American colonies and Britain?
In “Thoughts on the Present State of American Affairs,” Paine lists arguments against independence and counteracts each one. Which of his counterarguments do you find most compelling and least compelling? Why?