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SAT® Subject Test in U.S. History

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Common Sense

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Thomas Paine’s Common Sense was important because:

A

It led to restrictions on print and free speech, which angered colonists even more and hastened the coming of the American Revolution.

B

It was the first true American newspaper.

C

It was the first argument for American independence aimed at the average, less educated male colonists, written in plain language anyone could understand.

D

It attacked the Sons of Liberty as a batch of unruly rabble-rousers and demanded non-violent passive resistance in order to get the English to change their policies.

E

It was the first call for American independence in print by a member of a colonial legislature.