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Declaration Of Independence Quiz

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In honor of Independence Day, the editors at The Dallas Morning News put together a quiz on the Declaration of Independence. Take the quiz and test your knowledge of our country's founding document. (SOURCES: About. Com, FunTrivia. Com, ConstitutionFacts. Com, QuizMoz. Com, Dallas Morning News research)

Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    • A. 

      We

    • B. 

      When

    • C. 

      The

    • D. 

      Our

  • 2. 
    Why did Congressman John Dickinson not sign the declaration?
    • A. 

      He was afraid of the consequences

    • B. 

      He was ill

    • C. 

      He was hoping for a reconciliation with Britain

    • D. 

      He disagreed with the wording

  • 3. 
    Copies of the declaration known as the “Dunlap Broadside” were named after John Dunlap. Who was he?
    • A. 

      Vice president of Congress

    • B. 

      First Librarian of Congress

    • C. 

      An early historian

    • D. 

      A printer

  • 4. 
    Where is the declaration kept today?
    • A. 

      Library of Congress

    • B. 

      Smithsonian

    • C. 

      White House

    • D. 

      National Archives

  • 5. 
    Of all the colonies, which state had the most signatories?
    • A. 

      Virginia

    • B. 

      Pennsylvania

    • C. 

      New York

    • D. 

      Massachusetts

  • 6. 
    Which of these men was not among those appointed to draft the declaration?
    • A. 

      Roger Sherman

    • B. 

      John Adams

    • C. 

      George Washington

    • D. 

      Benjamin Franklin

  • 7. 
    Who was the primary author of the declaration?
    • A. 

      John Adams

    • B. 

      Benjamin Franklin

    • C. 

      Thomas Jefferson

    • D. 

      James Madison

  • 8. 
    How many delegates signed the declaration?
    • A. 

      13

    • B. 

      29

    • C. 

      38

    • D. 

      56

  • 9. 
    Who said, “We must all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately”?
    • A. 

      John Adams

    • B. 

      Thomas Jefferson

    • C. 

      John Hancock

    • D. 

      Benjamin Franklin

  • 10. 
    Most of the signers actually signed the declaration on what date?
    • A. 

      July 2

    • B. 

      July 4

    • C. 

      Aug. 2

    • D. 

      Aug. 6

  • 11. 
    What did Congress cut out of Thomas Jefferson’s draft of the declaration?
    • A. 

      All references to slavery

    • B. 

      Some references to women

    • C. 

      A paragraph written in Latin

    • D. 

      All references to religion

  • 12. 
    Who was king of Great Britain at the time the colonies adopted the declaration?
    • A. 

      George III

    • B. 

      Elizabeth II

    • C. 

      James I

    • D. 

      Queen Victoria

  • 13. 
    Which member of the committee that wrote the declaration refused to sign it?
    • A. 

      Thomas Jefferson

    • B. 

      John Adams

    • C. 

      Robert Livingston

    • D. 

      Roger Sherman

  • 14. 
    According to the declaration, where does government get its power?
    • A. 

      From its constitution

    • B. 

      From its military

    • C. 

      From the elected representatives

    • D. 

      From the consent of the governed

  • 15. 
    Which signers of the declaration would later be elected president?
    • A. 

      John Adams and John Hancock

    • B. 

      John Adams and Thomas Jefferson

    • C. 

      Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson

    • D. 

      Thomas Jefferson and James Madison

  • 16. 
    • A. 

      21

    • B. 

      27

    • C. 

      32

    • D. 

      34

  • 17. 
    Of the first 13 states, which was the first to sign the bill?
    • A. 

      Maine

    • B. 

      Rhode Island

    • C. 

      Delaware

    • D. 

      South Carolina

  • 18. 
    Who was the oldest signer of the declaration at age 70?
    • A. 

      Edward Rutledge

    • B. 

      John Hancock

    • C. 

      George Washington

    • D. 

      Benjamin Franklin

  • 19. 
    • A. 

      The Introduction

    • B. 

      The Preamble

    • C. 

      The Indictment

    • D. 

      The Denunciation

  • 20. 
    Who was the first to sign the declaration?
    • A. 

      Thomas Jefferson

    • B. 

      Edward Rutledge

    • C. 

      John Adams

    • D. 

      John Hancock