annihilation: destruction, getting rid of totally, extinction
appropriations: when a law making body gives out money to a state, a group, an agency or when someone takes something for oneself
convulsions: violent acts of turmoil, shaking, agitation
dissolutions: meltings, undoings of something
endeavoured: tried or attempted to do something
judiciary: a system of courts of law
migration: leaving one’s native land to settle in another land
naturalization: the process of granting full citizenship to someone
obstructing: getting in the way of, preventing something from happening
tenure: holding something in one’s possession
Try the Declaration of Independence 4 Vocabulary Quiz.
Try the Declaration of Independence 4 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.
14. He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
15. He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
16. He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
18. He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.