Reading Comprehension Quiz

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Opening of the Declaration of Independence (1776)

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That, whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.

1. "Political bonds" tied America to
A. Great Britain.
B. the colonies.
C. a separation.
D. the powers of the earth.
2. The "powers of the earth" were
A. British government.
B. American government.
C. the governments of countries.
D. religions.
3. Americans did not give their consent to
A. a new government.
B. British rule.
C. life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
D. inalienable right.
4. The author (Thomas Jefferson) sought
A. the opinions of mankind.
B. powers of the earth.
C. a decent respect.
D. separation.

The full text can be found at Declaration of Independence.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

Answer Key: 1-A..........2-C..........3-B..........4-D
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