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1. When was the Declaration of Independence passed?

1. July 4, 1776.
2. Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?
2. Thomas Jefferson.
3. What philosopher did Thomas Jefferson borrow many of his ideas from?
3. John Locke
4. How do Jefferson's "unalienable rights" compare with the "natural rights" expressed by Locke?
4. Jefferson wrote "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness". Locke explained the natural rights as life, liberty, and property.
5. According to the Declaration of Independence when is it okay to rebel against a government?
5. When the government becomes destructive to the end of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
6. List three grievances the colonists make against the King in the Declaration of Independence.
6. Answers will vary (There are 27 in the Declaration of Independence)
7. According to the Declaration of Independence, how did the colonists try to solve these problems? How were they treated?
7. In every chance they had they petitioned for redress very nicely, yet they were only given repeated injury in return.
8. What does the Declaration say about Parliament?
8. It, like the king, has been deaf to the problems of the colonists, and has tried to exercise power over the colonists.
9. What rights does the Declaration of Independence say the new, independent states have the right to do?
9. Have the Right to levy war, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and do all other things that independent states may do.
10. How many people signed the Declaration of Independence?
10. 56