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Declaration of Independence (Grades 11-12)

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Declaration of Independence

Instructions: Read each of the following questions. For multiple choice, choose the best answer. For true/false, choose the answer that best applies to the entire statement.

1. 
Which of the following best summarizes the Preamble to the Declaration of Independence?
  1. When the Revolutionary War is over, the colonies will be free from the rule of Britain.
  2. The people of the thirteen colonies wish to now be free and independent states.
  3. When a people separate from their government, they must clearly give the reasons why.
  4. The colonies desire to make peace with Great Britain and bring the war to an end.
2. 
Who was blamed for all of the grievances (complaints) that are listed in the Declaration of Independence?
  1. King Louis XVI of France
  2. British Soldiers
  3. British Parliment
  4. King George III of Britain
3. 
What specific word is used to describe the natural rights of all men that are listed in the Declaration of Independence?
  1. Magnificent
  2. Unalienable
  3. Undeniable
  4. Indivisible
4. 
What three powers did the states declare they now held in the final section of the Declaration of Independence?
  1. Life, Liberty, & The Pursuit of Happiness
  2. Declare War, Trade Freely, Form Alliances
  3. Levy Taxes, Build an Army, Build a Navy
  4. Freedom, Equality, & Property
5. 
Which of the following is NOT a reason why the Declaration of Independence is considered a landmark document?
  1. There were 56 signers who formed a new nation.
  2. First time in history people declared a formal separation in detail.
  3. First time in history the idea of natural rights was written about.
  4. Influenced a world-wide shift towards democracy.
6. 
The correct order of each section in the Declaration of Independence is: Preamble, Resolution of Independence, Declaration of Natural Rights, & List of Grievances.
  1. True
  2. False
7. 
There are 28 grievances (complaints) in the Declaration of Independence that mention themes like taxation, trade, military, and judicial powers.
  1. True
  2. False
8. 
The Declaration of Independence says that government exists only to protect the rights of the people.
  1. True
  2. False
9. 
The Declaration of Independence says that people get their power and rights only from the government.
  1. True
  2. False
10. 
The Declaration of Independence was written ratified (passed) on July 4, 1776 and was written by George Washington.
  1. True
  2. False
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