SAT Subject US History Practice Question 1032: Answer and Explanation
3. In his "Farewell Address," delivered in 1796, George Washington counseled the United States to
A. choose sides carefully in the conflict between England and France.
B. build a strong Navy.
C. remain neutral when it came to conflict in Europe.
D. support England in the conflict with France.
E. support John Adams and his incoming administration.
Correct Answer: C
Washington's "Farewell Address" reiterated Washington's belief that the United States should remain neutral and isolationist, particularly concerning the problems in Europe. Therefore, choices (A) and (D) are incorrect. John Adams established the Navy Department and increased the size of the navy. Washington did support John Adams, but his "Farewell Address" did not address this issue.