George H. Smith Posted October 24, 2011 Share Posted October 24, 2011 One of my first two scripts for Knowledge Products, written c. 1984, was on the Declaration of Independence. This project was what first prompted me to study details about the Declaration and to read the standard secondary sources. My interest in these details was recently revived by a series of articles on the Declaration that I am currently writing for the Cato Institute. Here is a "trivia" quiz about the Declaration and related matters. Anyone can easily find the answers via Google, but if you do this you are a cheater, and you will spend eternity in the lowest rung of Dante's Inferno.Some of these questions are fairly easy, whereas others are not. See how many you get right on your own. Answers are at the bottom.1) When did Congress officially declare American Independence?a. July 2, 1776b. July 3, 1776c. July 4, 17762) Which Congress declared independence?a. First Continental Congressb. Second Continental Congressc. The Confederation Congress3) Where did Jefferson write his Rough Draft of the Declaration?a. In the house of a German bricklayer in Philadelphiab. In the home of Benjamin Franklin in Philadelphiac. In the "Man Full of Trouble" tavern in Philadelphia4) In his Rough Draft, where we now read "We hold these truths to be self-evident" Jefferson originally wrote:a. We hold these truths to be evident....b. We hold these truths to be essential to liberty....c. We hold these truths to be sacred and undeniable...5) Congress appointed a Committee of Five to draft the Declaration. In addition to Jefferson, this committee included:a. Sam Adams and John Adamsb. John Adams and Benjamin Franklinc. Benjamin Franklin and John Hancock6) After the Committee of Five submitted a fair copy of the Declaration to Congress, it struck out:a. Jefferson's condemnation of the slave tradeb. Jefferson condemnation of excise taxesc. Jefferson's condemnation of mercantilist regulations7) Who made the original resolution for American Independence?a. George Wytheb. John Adamsc. Richard Henry Lee8) Who claimed that Jefferson had copied some of the Declaration from Locke's Second Treatise of Government?a. John Adamsb. George Masonc. Richard Henry Lee9) Who claimed that the Declaration contained no idea "but what had been hackneyed in Congress for two years before"?a. John Adamsb. John Dickinsonc. Richard Henry Lee10) Many historians believe that Jefferson based some of the wording of the Declaration on the Virginia Bill of Rights. The Virginia Bill (or Declaration) of Rights was written by:a. William Graysonb. Patrick Henryc. George Mason11) Who said that the political principles of the Declaration were "an expression of the American mind"?a. Thomas Paineb. Thomas Jeffersonc. George Washington12) The final version of the Declaration, as printed on parchment, refers to "unalienable" rights Jefferson originally referred to:a. Inalienable rightsb. Imprescriptible rightsc. Natural rights13) The term "self-evident" appears to have been inserted in Jefferson's Rough Draft by:a. John Adamsb. Benjamin Franklinc. Robert ShermanGhsAnswers: 1a; 2b; 3a; 4c; 5b; 6a; 7c; 8c; 9 a; 10c; 11 b; 12 a; 13b. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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