The Second Continental Congress and Thomas Paine's Common Sense


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Which is NOT an action of the 2nd Continental Congress?

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1. How did Thomas Paine's Common Sense impact the revolution?

2. Why was the Olive Branch Petition significant?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet gauge your understanding of the significance of The Second Continental Congress and Common Sense. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include how the war was funded, who helped convince the colonies to fight and what the 2nd Continental Congress established.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • The writer of Common Sense
  • Who helped convince the colonies to start preparing for war
  • How the colonies funded the war
  • The Olive Branch Petition
  • What the Second Continental Congress did

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related history lesson on the Second Continental Congress
  • Making connections - connect the acts of the British with the response of the colonies
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the importance of Common Sense
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about events that led to the Revolution

Additional Learning

To learn more about the American Revolution, review the accompanying lesson on The Second Continental Congress and Paine's Common Sense. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Explain why George Washington was chosen
  • Examine how the war was funded
  • Identify events that led to the Revolution
  • Review Patrick Henry's famous speech
  • Identify how Thomas Paine convinced the colonists of the need for revolution
  • Explain what Common Sense is about