2.05A AP English Declaration Questions Essay examples

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1. In the first paragraph of the declaration, Jefferson states the reason for the writing of this document. What reason does he give?
a. He says “a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.” He was saying that it is morally right to explain why they were separating from the crown.
2. Where does a government acquire its power, according to the declaration?
a. The government gets its power from the people of the Unites States of America.
3. What are the "unalienable rights" that Jefferson states?
a. 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
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9. Compare the tone or attitude expressed towards the British people with that towards King George III. List and explain those words that aid you to understand this tone.
a. The British people are referred to as “our British brethren.” They and the colonists share a “common kindred”. But they, like King George, “have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity.” Thus, the British people must be held, like the rest of the world is help, as “enemies in war, in peace, friends.” The king and Parliament bear the brunt of the colonist “wrath.” It is the king who is charged with all their grievances. His history is one “of repeated injuries and usurpations.”
10. Find, list and explain an example of parallel structure in the Declaration of Independence.
a. 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 of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it....

This parallel structure is used by Jefferson to make clear which truths are held to be self-evident.

11. Most often, well-chosen words and a logical, clear style help a writer to succeed at…