SAT II US History : Summary of Social History from Pre-Columbian History to 1789

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

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Summary Of Social History From Pre Columbian History To 1789

Daniel Boone explored the territory of __________.

Possible Answers:

New Mexico

Louisiana 

Kentucky

Oregon

Texas

Correct answer:

Kentucky

Explanation:

Daniel Boone was the prominent American frontiersman who famously established the first trail into Kentucky. He also founded the first community in Kentucky. Boone became an important figure in popular culture, even within his own lifetime, and soon the legend of Boone eclipsed the reality. Now the history of his life is largely unremembered, but he remains an important figure in American popular culture. 

Example Question #2 : Summary Of Social History From Pre Columbian History To 1789

Why was Anne Hutchinson banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony?

Possible Answers:

She believed mankind could communicate with God without the assistance of the clergy.

She argued that the fate of individual was predetermined by God. 

She was accused and convicted of witchcraft.

She was not banished; Anne Hutchinson left Massachusetts Bay willingly to form a new community.

She argued for the complete separation of Church and State.

Correct answer:

She believed mankind could communicate with God without the assistance of the clergy.

Explanation:

Anne Hutchinson was an important member of the Antinomian Controversy that swept through the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the 1630s. She was heavily associated with the popular preacher and orator John Cotton, and together they espoused a different interpretation of mankind’s communion with God. Hutchison argued that individuals could commune with God through the Bible and prayer, without the assistance of the clergy. She called this a “covenant of grace”, as opposed to the practices of the clergy, which she called a “covenant of works”. Due to her popularity, she threatened the religious experiment of the Pilgrims and was tried and exiled. She is credited by many historians with helping advance the cause of religious freedom in early colonial America.

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