AP U.S. History Exam 1.11. Which of the following quotes from the Declaration of Independence most accurately reflects the main idea of the excerpt?
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All right, and the question:
Why are we doing all of this mumbling?
Which of the following quotes from the Declaration of Independence
most accurately reflects the main idea of the excerpt?
All right, and here are your potential answers.
[ mumbles ]
All right. Let's see if we can parse out
what Mr. Paine is going for here.
He writes that the king has had "a long and violent
abuse of power" and that
"the good people of this country are grievously oppressed."
So no hard feelings against the monarchy, right there, T-Paine?
All right, well, let's see which answer best matches this
rage against the king.
Is the quote from the Declaration of Independence that
most accurately reflects this sentiment B -
"...that they are endowed by their Creator with certain
Actually, many scholars think this guarantee of life,
liberty, and the pursuit of happiness was inspired
by John Locke, not Thomas Paine.
Same goes for that whole idea about deriving power
"from the consent of the governed."
So that bumps out B and D.
What about C?
"... a decent respect to the opinions of mankind
requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation."
Huh. Well that's just saying that if you're gonna declare independence,
you should probably have some good reasons
and then explain them to everybody else.
So it's not C, either.
Which means that the quote that most accurately reflects
the main idea of the excerpt is A -
"That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive
of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it."
In the excerpt, Paine says the King's abuses of power
gave the colonists "an undoubted privilege... to reject it."
In the Declaration of Independence, this was rephrased as the
people's right to alter or abolish it.
So the correct answer is A.
And it's clear that Thomas sure had a way of
bringing the "Paine" to the British government.
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