Quiz: Can You Identify These Historic Documents from a One Sentence Description?
Can You Identify These Historic Documents from a One Sentence Description?
By: John Miller
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About This Quiz

Humans first began communicating through writing about 3500 BC, in the area of the Middle East. There’s no way to overstate the importance of writing to our cultures — it completely transformed the way people formulate new and ideas and share them with others. Some documents proclaimed new rights for humankind, while others started or ended terrible bloody wars. In this quiz, do you think you can name the famous documents from a short description?

You probably already know the world-famous document that President Abraham Lincoln signed in order to kill off the practice of slavery in the United States. But did you know that President Thomas Jefferson had signed the Act of 1807, which was meant to end the import of slaves to America? Both documents are important, but only the former has earned near-universal recognition. Do you know other important documents related to human rights?

Many treaties manage to end wars, but not many also start new wars, too. That’s exactly what happened with a famous treaty that was signed in France early in the 20th century. Do you know the name of this famous — and infamous — treaty, which may have cost millions of people their lives?

In 1920, the historic 20th Amendment overhauled American politics. For the first time ever, women had the right to vote. Their participation in the election process would eventually change the country in profound ways.

Dive into the calligraphy and dusty pages of these amazing documents in history. Try this famous documents quiz now!

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It was written mostly by Thomas Jefferson.
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It was the first document that made a king subject to the same laws as his people.
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It gave "free men" the right to justice and a fair trial.
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It was co-authored by a German political activist named Karl Marx.
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It starts with the line, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal..."
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It was made up of a set of amendments.
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It is the supreme law of the United States of America.
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It formed the first laws for the settlers of the New World.
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It formally ended World War I.
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This document encourages the "forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions."
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It was the first tax levied on British colonists in the American colonies.
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This treaty doubled the size of the United States.
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It begins with the line, "In the name of God, amen."
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It started the Prohibition Era in America.
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It divides America’s government into three branches.
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It begins with the line, "A spectre is haunting Europe—the spectre of communism."
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It abolished slavery in the United States.
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It’s a clay object touting the greatness of a Persian ruler who conquered Babylon.
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It provided enforcement rules and powers during the Prohibition Era.
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It was signed by 41 men — all Puritans.
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In it, Thomas Aquinas describes situations in which violence and war might be justified.
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It has been amended 27 times since its introduction.
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This document highlights that in most of history, oppressed majorities languish under privileged minorities.
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Clauses in this document directly challenged the autocracy of the king.
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It was a direct — and onerous — tax on American colonists, created to fund British military expeditions.
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It allowed British soldiers to live in the residences of locals ... without any sort of compensation.
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It was the first Constitution of the United States.
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The Treaty of Paris in 1783 ended which conflict?
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The words describe how a leader restored cults and rebuilt homes.
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It basically indicated that any European efforts to colonize America might be perceived as an act of war.
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