The Declaration of Independence- Study Guide

Vocabulary to know:

Declaration of Independence
Second Continental Congress

Questions to know:

What was the decision of the Second Continental Congress?

What did the Second Continental Congress ask Thomas Jefferson to do and why?

Who was Thomas Paine? What did he write?

The Second Continental Congress met in May 1775, and was faced with three major tasks. What were the three tasks?
What solutions did they come up with for the three tasks?

How did the Age of Enlightenment (Age of Reason) in Europe affect the debate for independence in the colonies?

Who said "We must all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately." What does this quote mean?

Read the quote, "Parents do not make war upon their families" How does this quote defend the colonists' position that they should declare independence from England?

Who wrote the draft of the Declaration fo Independence?

List four ways the Declaration of Independence states that the King has violated the rights of the colonists.