Questions for Comprehension 1.Define the word “declaration.” What is the denotation and connotation of the term? 2.In the first paragraph what does Jefferson claim is “necessary” when people declare independence? 3.In the second paragraph, summarize Thomas Jefferson’s argument about unalienable Rights, such as “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness”? 4.What reason does Jefferson highlight that justifies NOT changing Governments? 5.In the list of “Facts” submitted to the world, who is Jefferson referring to when saying “He”? Why does he use a pronoun instead of a name? 6.In general, what underlying theme rests in each “Fact” listed? 7.At the end of the list of grievances, what actions does Jefferson emphasize that Americans were doing all throughout the time period in which these transgressions took place? 8.Summarize the final paragraph. Questions for Rhetorical Analysis 1.Describe the SOAPSTone of the piece. 2.Identify Jefferson’s thesis (or central claim). Where does it occur in the text? What effect does the placement of his thesis have on his audience? 3.Identify lines of reasoning (or supporting claims) throughout the text. Choose one of the supporting claims from your list and explain the reasoning underlying this claim (in other words, how does this claim support the central claim?). List two pieces of supporting evidence from the passage, and briefly explain how they illustrate the supporting claim you’ve identified. Questions for Argument 1.Considering the powers at play, at what point is declaring independence justified? 2.One of the themes of this text is is that “all men are created equal.” How has this universal truth transcended time?