SAT Subject US History Practice Question 1061: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 1061

4. Pick the correct order for the following events:

W) Rutherford B. Hayes becomes president.

X) The South surrenders to end the Civil War.

Y) The act establishing Radical Reconstruction is passed.

Z) The Emancipation Proclamation is issued.

Answer choices:

A. X, Z, Y, W
B. W, Z, X, Y
C. Z, X Y, W
D. Z, Y, X, W
E. X, Y, W, Z

Correct Answer: C


There is a logic to the events, even if one does not know the exact dates of each event. The Emancipation Proclamation (1863) was issued during the war, so it would have to come before the South surrendering (1865). Reconstruction (1865–1877) happened after the war, and Hayes came to power as part of the "Compromise of 1877," which ended Reconstruction.

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