Primary Source: The Declaration of Independence


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Why does the Declaration of Independence begin by invoking laws of nature and God?

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1. What is the most likely reason the Declaration of Independence addresses King George and not Parliament?

2. Why does the Declaration first refer to colonies in the past tense?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

It only takes a few minutes to assess your understanding of the Declaration of Independence when you have help from this informative quiz and worksheet. Here you'll be asked about a likely reason the Declaration addresses the King and not Parliament and why the Declaration refers to the colonies in the past tense, among other facts.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Our quiz is a helpful way to see if you know:

  • Why the Declaration of Independence invokes the laws of God
  • One explanation for why the Declaration addresses King George and not Parliament
  • The use of the past tense when referring to the colonies
  • The significance of the King's decision not to give the colonies judiciary power
  • Why all the signatories of the Declaration are men

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about why the Declaration begins by invoking the laws and nature of God
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about why only men signed the Declaration of Independence
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the Declaration of Independence, such as some of the wording choices in the document

Additional Learning

To review this subject in greater detail, check out our short lesson called Primary Source: The Declaration of Independence. After you complete this lesson, you should be able to:

  • Explain the significance of the date July 4 with regard to the Declaration of Independence
  • Identify some of the Founding Fathers
  • Detail which signatory signed his name very large and why