SAT II US History : Summary of U.S. Intellectual and Cultural 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 U.S. Intellectual And Cultural History From Pre Columbian History To 1789

Which Norse explorer surveyed the eastern coast of North America in the eleventh century?

Possible Answers:

Adam of Bremen 

Christian Krogh 

Leif Ericson 

Hans Egede 

Erik the Red

Correct answer:

Leif Ericson 

Explanation:

Leif Ericson is generally accepted by most historians to be the first European to set foot on the continent of North America. Leif Ericson was most likely born in Iceland, which at the time was part of a vast Nordic-Scandinavian Empire. It is probable that he landed in what is now Newfoundland in the first few years of the eleventh century. 

Example Question #1 : Summary Of U.S. Intellectual And Cultural History From Pre Columbian History To 1789

Universalism argues that __________.

Possible Answers:

the United States is destined to own the whole American continent

man and nature are as one

salvation is possible for all believers 

mankind can never know God

the Holy Trinity is a myth

Correct answer:

salvation is possible for all believers 

Explanation:

Universalism, as a sect of Christianity, holds that all mankind—no matter how sinful or ungodly—can achieve salvation. Christian Universalists believe that the divine mercy and forgiveness of God guarantees all humans eternal salvation. One of the earliest and most well known Universalists teachers in colonial America was named George de Benneville. His teachings, that God would grant salvation to all, laid the foundation for Universalism in the United States.  

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