SAT II US History : Sequence in U.S. Political History from Pre-Columbian to 1789

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 Pre Columbian To 1789

What is the most significant political legacy of the Virginia colony?

Possible Answers:

None of the answers given

That white supremacy on the continent was both legitimate and inevitable

That resistance to the Crown could be successful due to distance from Europe

The introduction of representative politics on the continent

That religion should be subordinate to secular interests in government

Correct answer:

The introduction of representative politics on the continent

Explanation:

In 1619, the Virginia Company established the House of Burgesses. It guaranteed the right of all white males in the colony to elect representatives who in turn consulted with the governor about the passage of laws in the colony. It was the first such example in the United States and laid the foundations for the institution of the House of Representatives in the United States Constitution.

Example Question #2 : Sequence In U.S. Political History From Pre Columbian To 1789

The United States Constitution required ratification by nine of the thirteen original states. Which state was the ninth state to ratify the Constitution, thus solidifying the formation of the federal Union?

Possible Answers:

Massachusetts

Vermont

New York

Virginia

New Hampshire

Correct answer:

New Hampshire

Explanation:

New Hampshire was the ninth state to ratify the Constitution and thus give it effect. It did so on June 21, 1788. The first eight, listed in chronological order, were Delaware (December, 1787), Pennsylvania (December, 1787), New Jersey (December, 1787), Georgia (January, 1788), Connecticut (January, 1788), Massachusetts (February, 1788), Maryland (April, 1788), and South Carolina (May, 1788).

Example Question #3 : Sequence In U.S. Political History From Pre Columbian To 1789

Which of the following was not a British response to the Boston Tea Party?
       

Possible Answers:

Closing Boston Harbor

The Administration of Justice Act

The Quebec Act

The Stamp Act

Correct answer:

The Stamp Act

Explanation:

This was a difficult question, due to the similarity of all of the answers. The key to answering it is remembering the timeline of pre-revolutionary America: “Closing Boston Harbor,” “The Administration of Justice Act,” and “The Quebec Act” were all part of the “Intolerable Acts” (also called the “Coercive Acts”). Britain passed the Intolerable Acts as a reaction to the Boston Tea Party; closing the Boston Harbor, for example, makes complete sense in that regard. The Stamp Act, however, was not a reaction to the Boston Tea Party—that would have been impossible given that Britain passed the Stamp Act nearly 10 years prior to the Boston Tea Party.

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