SAT Subject US History Practice Question 1051: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 1051

2. Which position had the most unpredictable outcome?

A. No extension of slavery to the west
B. Supporting a national slave code
C. Popular sovereignty
D. Immediate abolition
E. Gradual abolition

Correct Answer: C


Stephen Douglas used popular sovereignty to get the territory settled as quickly as possible. The reason there was so much fighting in Kansas was that Douglas left the question of slavery to be decided by the settlers. That is not a clear answer. Each of the other choices is more definite: for slavery (B), against all slavery (D), against slavery in the West (A), or for getting rid of slavery by having children of slaves become free at the age of 21 after a certain date (E).

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