SAT II US History : Sequence in U.S. Political History from 1899 to the Present

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for SAT II US History

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Sequence In U.S. Political History From 1899 To The Present

In 1959, this state became the 50th state of the United States of America.

Possible Answers:

New Mexico

Utah

Alaska

Puerto Rico

Hawaii

Correct answer:

Hawaii

Explanation:

On August 21st, 1959, Hawaii became the 50th state of the USA.  Alaska joined earlier the same year to be the 49th state.

Example Question #2 : Sequence In U.S. Political History From 1899 To The Present

Which of the following contributed to Jimmy Carter's defeat in the 1980 presidential election?

Possible Answers:

The revelation of the Iran-Contra scandal

Arms negotiation treaties with the Soviet Union

The agreement to the Camp David Accords between Israel and Egypt

Support of anti-communist paramilitaries throughout Latin America

The taking of hostages at the U.S. Embassy in Iran by Islamic radicals

Correct answer:

The taking of hostages at the U.S. Embassy in Iran by Islamic radicals

Explanation:

Jimmy Carter's re-election campaign in 1980 faced a number of hurdles, including a nomination battle from the left by Edward Kennedy, stagnation in the economy, and various foreign policy issues. Most crushingly, during the Iranian Revolution of 1979, diplomats and officers at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran were taken hostage. The hostages were released after 444 days, just minutes after Ronald Reagan had taken the oath of office of President of the United States, which he won by defeating Carter's re-election bid.

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