SAT Subject US History Practice Question 760: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 760

21. All of the following statements represent ideas expressed in the Declaration of Independence EXCEPT

A. governments derive their power to rule from the consent of the governed.
B. people have the right to overthrow a government that does not fulfill the will of the people.
C. people have the unalienable right to own property.
D. all men are created equal.
E. George III has committed egregious acts against the colonies.

Correct Answer: C


Although John Locke discussed individual rights as "life, liberty, and property," the Declaration of Independence discussed the right of individual rights as "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." "Property" was omitted. The other choices were clearly stated by Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence.

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