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Declaration of Independence

Quiz by Justin Smyth

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  • Q1
    Which of these describes the mood in the colonies immediately following the events at Lexington andConcord?
    Most of the colonists were eager to declare war against the British.
    Most of the colonists were reluctant to start a war.
    Most of the colonists sided with the Loyalists against the Patriots.
    Most of the colonists wanted to move to Great Britain.
  • Q2
    What effect did Common Sense have in the colonies?
    It instilled fear of war in the colonists.
    It petitioned the king to end the quarrel between the colonies and Great Britain.
    It persuaded many colonists that America should be independent.
    It convinced the colonies to remain loyal to Great Britain.
  • Q3
    Why was George Washington chosen to be a military leader?
    He had experience.
    He was very wealthy.
    He was highly educated.
    He wanted the role.
  • Q4
    Why was the Declaration of Independence written?
    to offer a peace settlement to Great Britain
    to explain why the colonies were separating from Great Britain
    to offer a peace settlement to Great Britain
    to start the American Revolution
  • Q5
    According to Thomas Jefferson, the power to rule comes from
    the king.
    the citizens
  • Q6
    How do natural rights, as described in the Declaration of Independence, differ from other rights?
    Natural rights are given only to citizens.
    People are born with natural rights.
    People can vote to choose natural rights.
    Natural rights come from the government.
  • Q7
    What was the purpose of the Olive Branch Petition?
    to persuade British troops to leave Boston
    to ask King George to make peace with the colonies
    to convince Parliament to repeal the Stamp Act
    to encourage colonists to join the army
  • Q8
    Which of these shows cooperation on the part of the colonies?
    The Loyalists and Patriots made peace.
    They all believed in the goal of independence.
    They came together to form one army.
    They all opposed the Declaration of Independence.
  • Q9
    To Great Britain, the signing of the Declaration of Independence was
    an act of insanity.
    an act of loyalty.
    an act of treason.
    an act of bravery.
  • Q10
    According to the Declaration of Independence, people have the right to create a new government when the government
    supports the pursuit of happiness
    consents to be replaced
    interferes with people’s rights
    takes powers from other countries
  • Q11
    According to the Declaration of Independence, why do people establish a government?
    to vote new leaders
    to rebel against it
    to violate there rights
    to protect their rights

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