• colonies: an area or territory governed or ruled by someone or something outside of the colony or colonies.
  • constrains: holds back someone or something
  • convulsions: violent acts of turmoil, agitation, shaking
  • despotism: absolute power by one person
  • disposed: is apt to, is likely to
  • evinces: shows or demonstrates
  • invariably: almost certainly
  • prudence: careful management
  • transient: passing in time, temporary
  • tyranny: use of absolute power over people
  • usurpations: an unlawful seizing of authority or power.


Try the Declaration of Independence 2 Vocabulary Quiz.

Try the Declaration of Independence 2 Quiz.

Rewrite each of the following sentences of the Declaration of Independence in your own words in the text boxes following each line. This web page can be downloaded and saved so that the rewriting can be done in a word processing program, it can be copy and pasted into an e-mail to be shared or filled in and printed off.

5. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

6. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

7. –Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrainsthem to alter their former Systems of Government.

8. The history of the present King of Great Britain [George III] is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.