SAT Subject US History Practice Question 1030: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 1030

1. Washington's administration was significant because it

A. dealt successfully with the problems between England and France.
B. dealt effectively with political parties.
C. was the first administration and, thus, set precedents for future administrations.
D. supported the British after the French declared war on Great Britain in 1793.
E. established a strong political base for the Democratic-Republicans.

Correct Answer: C


Washington defined not only the role of the president but also established other precedents to be followed by future generations, including the establishment of the cabinet. The problems between England and France continued to impact the United States until the War of 1812. Washington was distressed by the rise of political factions within his administration. The Federalists and Democratic-Republicans continued to fight over governmental issues, and these two political parties were well established by the election of 1800. Washington announced the Proclamation of Neutrality in 1793, which notified the world of the decision of the United States to remain out of the conflict in Europe. Washington was not a believer in any political parties.

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