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The Declaration of Independence

Quiz by Laura Ramos

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  • Q1
    According to the Declaration of Independence, if a government does not protect the basic rights of the people it governs, what do people have the right to do?
    abolish the government
    repeal laws
    issue writs of assistance
    impose boycotts
    30s
  • Q2
    What was the purpose of the Olive Branch Petition?
    to avoid war with Britain
    to spread political ideas throughout the colonies
    to boycott British goods
    to get approval for the Declaration of Independence
    30s
  • Q3
    Which body was formed as a government for the colonies?
    the Second Continental Congress
    the Committee of Correspondence
    the Sons of Liberty
    the Continental Army
    30s
  • Q4
    What was an important advantage held by the Patriots in the war?
    The Native Americans were their allies.
    They had a stronger navy.
    They were better trained.
    They were fighting on their own land.
    30s
  • Q5
    Why was it difficult for the Continental Congress to get soldiers and raise money for the war effort?
    Americans were fearful of a strong national government and unwilling to give the Congress much power.
    The population of the colonies was too small.
    Most colonists were Loyalists.
    Britain still controlled most of the finances within the individual colonies.
    30s
  • Q6
    Read the poem about the Battle of Trenton and answer the question: "In Trenton when the sun was set, The Hessians at their quarters met; And while the brilliant candles shine, They pass along the sparkling wine: For Christmas day had come and gone, The joyful hours were nearly flown; With a merry laugh our country’s foe Enjoy the minutes as they flow, And many a soldier sang with glee Of blue-eyed maids in Germany. _ On Pennsylvania’s wintry shore The chilling blast howled loud and sore; When lulled the winds, there echoed then The heavy tramp of armed men. Columbia’s sons haste to the strife, To strike for liberty and life. - George Washington was at their head! A gallant band, and nobly led . . ." - Who is being described in the first stanza of the poem?
    the Patriot army
    General Washington
    the Loyalists fighting for the British army
    the foreign soldiers fighting for the British army
    30s
  • Q7
    Read the poem about the Battle of Trenton and answer the question: "In Trenton when the sun was set, The Hessians at their quarters met; And while the brilliant candles shine, They pass along the sparkling wine: For Christmas day had come and gone, The joyful hours were nearly flown; With a merry laugh our country’s foe Enjoy the minutes as they flow, And many a soldier sang with glee Of blue-eyed maids in Germany. _ On Pennsylvania’s wintry shore The chilling blast howled loud and sore; When lulled the winds, there echoed then The heavy tramp of armed men. Columbia’s sons haste to the strife, To strike for liberty and life. - George Washington was at their head! A gallant band, and nobly led . . ." - What phrase describes the purpose of the American soldiers in this battle?
    “George Washington was at their head!”
    “to strike for liberty and life”
    “Columbia’s sons haste to the strife”
    “a gallant band, and nobly led”
    30s
  • Q8
    Which is NOT one of the actions the Second Continental Congress took to begin governing the colonies?
    created the Continental Army
    gave citizens the right to vote
    established a post office
    authorized printing of money
    30s
  • Q9
    Who wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence?
    Benjamin Franklin
    Thomas Jefferson
    Thomas Paine
    John Adams
    30s
  • Q10
    What natural rights does the Declaration of Independence promise the United States?
    life, peace, and property
    life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness
    life, liberty, and property
    life, peace, and the pursuit of happiness
    30s

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