Sunday Funday – A Couple Of Cantankerous Founders

One of my favorite founders is Tom Paine. Probably one of the most instrumental and at the same time the hardest to like. He was a firebrand. As Thom Hartmann points out, Paine proposed concepts like social security, universal health care and keeping a wary eye on corporations long, long before anyone else. But he was not universally loved. Neither was Sam Adams who seemed to be behind every fight that happened in Boston. So, I am stealing a couple of questions on Tom Paine and Sam Adams, a couple of cantankerous fools that got us into a little tiff. This should be fun.

1) With which religious doctrine did Thomas Paine align himself ?
a) Deism
b) Protestantism
c) Atheism
d) Roman Catholicism

2) What was the name of Paine’s monograph (published 1776), in which he outlined the case for America to seek political independence from Great Britain?
a) Plain Truth
b) Anyone For Tea?
c) Common Sense
d) No Taxation Without Representation

3) George Washington at first lauded Thomas Paine, indeed he had Paine’s words from “Crisis” (“These are the times that try men’s souls…”) read to his troops before they crossed the Delaware in 1776. Over what issue did the two men quarrel, never to be reconciled?
a) Taxation
b) Constitution
c) Free trade
d) Slavery

4) Edmund Burke published a highly critical account of the French Revolution entitled “Reflections on the Revolution in France”. Which phrase incensed Paine so much that it inspired him to write his famous riposte “Rights of Man”?
a) The swineish multitude
b) The grasping goats
c) The greedy pigs
d) The selfish sheep

5) Thomas Paine died on 8th June 1809 in New York City. According to contemporary reports how many mourners attended his funeral?
a) Six
b) Six hundred
c) Sixty
d) Six thousand

6) Samuel Adams’s father ran what type of business?
a) Bank
b) General Store
c) Clothing Story
d) Brewery

7) What group did Adams establish to handle communications?
a) Committees of Correspondence
b) Sons of Liberty clubs
c) Revere’s Riders
d) Stamp Act Congress

8) How many people died in the Boston Massacre?
a) five
b) ten
c) twelve
d) sixteen

9) Adams held what nickname?
a) Father of Our Country
b) The Great Emancipator
c) Father of America
d) Patriot of the Revolution

10) The Sons of Liberty, who threw 342 boxes of tea into Boston Harbor, were dressed as what?
a) British Sailors
b) Colonial Soldiers
c) Naragansett Indians
d) French Clowns

A couple of fun guys, I tell ya’! BTW – I got these questions from and


1) a) Deism (according to the answer sheet.)
2) c) who could forget Common Sense
3) d) Slavery
4) a) the swineish multitude
5) a) six
6) d) brewery – but you all knew that, right?
7) a) committees of correspondence
8) a) 5
9) c) Father of America
10) c) they were dressed as Indians, remember?

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