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Declaration of Independence Quiz
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What does the preamble of this document immediately state to King George the III?
The colonies are seperating from great britain- revolt
What are all men created? What are his unalienable rights?
Equal; life liberty and the pursuit of happiness
From where does the government get its power?
From the people or the governed (democratic)
What do the people have a right to do to a destructive government?
Alter of abolish it and institute a new government
What is mankind usually willing to suffer?
Living under a corrupt government rather than risking possible death in rebellion.
What does "for quartering large bodies of armed troops against us," mean?
Refers to the quartering act; colonists were responsible for feeding, clothing, and housing British soilders
What act is described in the statement "for depriving us, in many cases, of the benefit of trial jury?"
The sugar act; tried in British courts/British admiralty (naval/ships)
What does "for cutting off our trade with all parts of the world" refer to?
Te navigational acts and mercantilism
What acts addressed in the grievance, "for taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our government?"
The intolerable acts; aimed at the colony of Massachusetts for the actions of Bostonians in the destruction of tea
What actions have the colonies taken to communicate their dissatisfaction with the British government?
They petitioned repeatedly- the olive branch petition was one last effort to be heard
What final declaration is made in the last paragraph of the document?
The colonies are free and independent
What power do the states now hold?
Levy war, concluded peace, established commerce, and contact alliances.
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