Thomas Jefferson: Questions and Answers

Only available on StudyMode
  • Download(s) : 117
  • Published : October 13, 2014
Open Document
Text Preview
1. In the first paragraph of the declaration, Jefferson states the reason for the writing of this document. What reason does he give? Thomas Jefferson says “a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.” Thomas was explaining that it is respectfully right to explain why they were separating.

2. Where does a government acquire its power, according to the declaration? The government receives their power from us the people of the Unites States of America.

3. What are the "unalienable rights" that Jefferson states? Thomas Jefferson states that the rights to Life, Liberty, and The Pursuit of Happiness are unalienable.

4. Who or what does Jefferson hold accountable for most of the problems the colonies are suffering through? Thomas Jefferson holds the King, and the English rule for most of the problems the colonies caused.

5. What tone does the final statement of the Declaration of Independence display? The tone of the Declaration of Independence is freedom, strength, and loyalty.
6. Is this tone effective in conveying the importance of this document? Why or why not? Yes. The strong and powerful words helped convey the importance of the document.

7. Find and write the dictionary meaning for the word "self-evident." Jefferson mentions four truths, which he says are "self-evident." Name these and argue for or against the notion that they are indeed "self-evident."   Self-evident means not needing to be demonstrated or explained. 8. Find and write the meaning to the phrase "absolute despotism." Jefferson says it is the "right and duty" of mankind to fight this "absolute despotism." Why? Absolute Despotism is a form of government that allows no definition of reality other than that promulgated by the government. Under Absolute Despotism, the point of view of the individual is to be destroyed, when that point of view disagrees with the view generated by...
tracking img