What does it mean for certain rights to be “inalienable”?
Inalienable rights are natural rights with which all humans are born; governments might wrongfully violate them but can never take them away.
Inalienable rights are rights that government cannot violate under any circumstances.
Inalienable rights require individuals to perform certain actions in order for others to enjoy more freedoms.
Inalienable rights are natural rights that only exist if recognized by a country’s constitution.
How did the Founders understand the phrase, “All men are equal”?
All humans are born with certain natural rights.
All property-owning, white men are equal.
All humans are entitled to live in a society that provides them with sufficient food, shelter, and other necessities for life.
All men are equally entitled to jobs that pay a living wage.
Which of these is an example of natural rights (as opposed to legal rights)?
The right to think for oneself.
The right to drive a car.
The right to vote.
The right to jury trial by one’s peers.
Which of these did the Founders believe could be threats to individual rights?
All of these.
Pure democracy (decisions based on majority rule).
Too little government.
Too much government.
Which of these documents did NOT influence the Founders’ ideas about natural rights?
France’s Declaration of the Rights of Man.
John Locke’s Two Treatises of Government.
The English Declaration of Rights.