1. What I noticed was very important in this chapter was that public documents can be important in society. People can use public documents to petition for something they want done, fill out forms such as marriage forms, a will, and a contract. Government documents such as tax forms, driver's licenses, and passports also are important public documents. All of these documents are important in life because they can identify who we are and speak on behalf of the people who wrote them in order to express their feelings about a specific thing going on in their society, such as debt, and petition to make a high ranking official do something about all of what is wrong.
2. The purpose of the Declaration of Independence was to express the fact that the colonists wanted to become independent states and guide their own country instead of being under rule from the British empire. It was effective because when the Americans won the war they won their independence. If they lost the war then the men who signed the Declaration would have been hanged for treason. One piece of evidence used to describe why the colonists decided to declare their independence was the long section listing the oppressive actions by the king of Britain at the time. The writing is at its best in the very first sentence, "When in the Course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another." This sentence explains exactly what the colonists were after. They wanted to sever all ties to the British empire and become their own country with their own government and not be ruled by a different country.