SAT Subject US History Practice Question 104: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 104

2. The Cold War ended primarily because

A. Germans destroyed the Berlin Wall
B. Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev introduced new policies
C. the United States defeated communism in Vietnam
D. the United States created a rebel army in Nicaragua
E. the workers of Poland staged a series of strikes

Correct Answer: B


As premier of the Soviet Union, Gorbachev exercised power over the entire Iron Curtain region. His policies led to the collapse of communist rule and the end of the Cold War.

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