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1.4 Ideas of the Declaration of Independence

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  • Q1
    Why was the Declaration of Independence written?
    for Great Britain to apologize to American colonists
    to explain why the colonies were separating from Great Britain
    to start the American Revolution
    to offer a peace settlement to Great Britain
    30s
  • Q2
    According to Thomas Jefferson, the power to rule comes from
    the citizens
    God
    the king
    Parliament
    30s
  • Q3
    How do natural rights, as described in the Declaration of Independence, differ from other rights?
    Natural rights come from the government.
    People are born with natural rights.
    People can vote to choose natural rights.
    Natural rights are given only to citizens.
    30s
  • Q4
    According to the Declaration of Independence, people have the right to create a new government when the government
    consents to be replaced
    takes powers from other countries
    interferes with people’s rights
    supports the pursuit of happiness
    30s
  • Q5
    One of the principles stated in the Declaration of Independence is that government should
    be based upon the consent of the governed
    have unlimited power to rule the people
    guarantee economic equality among citizens
    be led by educated citizens
    30s
  • Q6
    What does this quote from the Declaration of Independence mean? "That… Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed...,"
    When a Government starts to cause damage, the people have the right to get rid of it
    Established governments should be created fairly by the people
    People have God-given rights to life, liberty, and happiness
    It is obvious that all people are equal
    30s
  • Q7
    What does this quote from the Declaration of Independence mean? "That they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.,"
    It is obvious that all people are equal
    When a Government starts to cause damage, the people have the right to get rid of it
    People have God-given rights to life, liberty, and happiness
    Established governments should be created fairly by the people
    30s
  • Q8
    What does this quote from the Declaration of Independence mean? "That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive… it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it,"
    Established governments should be created fairly by the people
    People have God-given rights to life, liberty, and happiness
    When a Government starts to cause damage, the people have the right to get rid of it
    It is obvious that all people are equal
    30s
  • Q9
    Closing Boston Harbor as a result of the Boston Tea Party, General Gage taking control of Boston, and no town meetings were all examples of the...
    Quartering Act
    Townshend Acts
    Intolerable Acts
    First Continental Congress
    30s
  • Q10
    What thoughts are in the middle of the Declaration of Independence?
    a statement demanding due process
    a list of colonies that wanted to break free of British rule
    a description of the legislative branch of a new government
    a list of grievances the colonists had against the king of England
    30s
  • Q11
    What pushed the American colonists toward wanting independence from Britain?
    The colonists were rebellious from the very beginning
    The Americans felt ignored by Britain for nearly a century
    The king granted independence to some colonies but not others
    Britain put high taxes on certain goods
    30s
  • Q12
    What is one way that the ideas stated in the Declaration of Independence are evident today?
    term limits
    voting rights amendments
    equal employment opportunities
    Selective Service
    30s
  • Q13
    What did many American colonists use Thomas Paine's Common Sense to justify?
    .Joining the army instead of the militia
    Supporting the British monarchy
    Acts of sabotage against British merchants
    Declaring independence from Britain
    30s
  • Q14
    The Declaration of Independence included these complaints: • Taxation without representation • Limiting judicial powers • Quartering Troops • Dissolving legislature Which complaint should be added to this list?
    Allowing the wealthy to avoid local laws
    Suspending trial by jury in many cases
    Ordering colonists to move from Native American land
    Requiring colonists to send representation to Parliament
    30s
  • Q15
    What is a government that is run by the people, either directly or indirectly?
    Autocracy
    Oligarchy
    Democracy
    Communism
    30s

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