The Declaration of Independence Quiz

    1. When was the Declaration of Independence passed?

    The Magna Carta
    The Treaty of Paris
    July 4, 1776.
    The Articles of Confederation

    2. Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?

    Thomas Jefferson.
    To ensure the power of the people
    To give the founding fathers something more to do
    To increase the power of the federal government

    3. What philosopher did Thomas Jefferson borrow many of his ideas from?

    The Mayflower Compact
    John Locke.
    The US Constitution
    The English Bill of Rights

    4. How do Jefferson's "unalienable rights" compare with the "natural rights" expressed by Locke?

    The Freedom to have a trial by jury of one's peers
    Jefferson wrote "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness". Locke explained the natural rights as life, liberty, and property.
    The right to bear arms
    The Freedom to international travel

    5. According to the Declaration of Independence when is it okay to rebel against a government?

    The Townshend Acts
    The Tea Act
    The Stamp Act
    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.

    Being forced to testify against yourself during a trial
    Housing government soldiers
    Answers will vary (There are 27 in the Declaration of Independence)
    All of the above

    7. According to the Declaration of Independence, how did the colonists try to solve these problems? How were they treated?

    Say what ever you want, whenever you want to
    Own a gun
    In every chance they had they petitioned for redress very nicely, yet they were only given repeated injury in return.

    Protest the government when it is wrong

    8. What does the Declaration say about Parliament?

    High taxation on imported goods
    Being forced to let soldiers sleep in your home 3
    It, like the king, has been deaf to the problems of the colonists, and has tried to exercise power over the colonists.
    The right for all people to vote

    9. What does the 8th Amendment protect against?

    Being stuck in a long and complicated trial
    Being thrown in jail for practicing the wrong religion
    Being tried in court with out a fair jury
    What rights does the Declaration of Independence say the new, independent states have the right to do?

    10. How many people signed the Declaration of Independence?

    The Magna Carta and the English Bill of Rights
    The French Bill of Rights and the Articles of Confederation
    The Declaration of Independence