We Hold These Truths to Be Self-evident: The Declaration of Independence Quiz
The Declaration of Independence is the defining document of U.S. history. Take this quiz to test your knowledge of the story behind the declaration.
How long had the Colonies been at war with England when the Declaration of Independence was written?
War had not yet been declared.
about three months
about a year
To which king was the declaration addressed?
In the months leading up to the drafting of the declaration, many Colonies issued their own independence documents. Which two Colonies were the last holdouts?
Maryland and New York
Delaware and Connecticut
New Jersey and New Hampshire
On June 7, 1776, this Virginia representative proposed a resolution to Congress that included instructions for an official declaration of independence.
Richard Henry Lee
On June 11, the Continental Congress appointed the "committee of five" to write the declaration. Of the five, this guy ended up being the only person to sign the declaration, the Constitution, the Continental Association and the Articles of Confederation.
This member of the committee of five was also the oldest representative in the Continental Congress.
Most of the committee thought this member should write the declaration.
Who did Adams think should write it?
How old was Jefferson when he wrote the declaration?
33 years old
37 years old
41 years old
How long did it take Jefferson to write the declaration?
After Jefferson submitted his work to Congress on June 28, the delegates set to editing it. About how much of Jefferson's work was deleted?
A passage on this subject was the main section deleted from the document.
How did Jefferson feel about that?
He didn't mind.
He was angry.
He didn't realize until after the fact.
When did the Second Continental Congress vote on independence?
April 16, 1776
July 2, 1776
What was the result of the vote?
41-13 for independence
unanimous for independence
When did the delegates sign the declaration?
July 7, 1776
Aug. 2, 1776
Sept. 19, 1776
Who was the first to sign the Declaration of Independence?
How many people signed the declaration?
Which state had the most signers?
How many future presidents signed the declaration?
How old was the youngest declaration signer?
22 years old
26 years old
29 years old
Who printed the first copies of the declaration on July 4, 1776?
How many of the Dunlap broadsides survive?
Where is the original declaration?
Library of Congress
National Museum of American History
The priceless documents are preserved in titanium and aluminum cases filled with this kind of gas.
Is there a secret message on the back of the Declaration of Independence?
What event caused the declaration and Constitution to be whisked away to Fort Knox for several years?
the Civil War
Fill in the blank: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain _______ rights …
Fill in the blank: That among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of ______.
Fill in the blank: That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to _______ it.