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  1. Declaration of Independence

  2. Which delegate was chosen to write the Declaration of Independence? Thomas Jefferson

  3. On what date did the Congress adopt the Declaration of Independence? July 4, 1776

  4. Who was the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence? John Hancock

  5. Why did Hancock write his name so large? So the king could read his name without wearing his spectacles.

  6. What unalienable rights does the Declaration say people have? Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

  7. What did Benjamin Franklin mean when he said, “Gentlemen, we must all hang together or else we shall all hang separately? He meant that all the colonies had to join together against Britain, or else each member of the Congress would be hanged for treason

  8. What is one of the most important differences between a democratic republic and the British government at the time of the American Revolution? In a democratic republic the people have the power and they elect government officials. In the British government, the king had most of the power