SAT Subject US History Practice Question 1113: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 1113

4. William Levitt is often compared to Henry Ford because they both

A. invented new products that changed American society.
B. standardized production of particular products.
C. used extensive government funding to advance particular projects.
D. created products that only the wealthy could afford.
E. publicly supported the rise of fascism in Europe.

Correct Answer: B


Ford standardized car production with the assembly line, and Levitt standardized home production, allowing workers to go from home to home and do the same task repeatedly. Levitt and Ford did not invent, respectively, the home and the car; rather they changed the way these products were produced. While the government provided some funds for suburban development in the 1950s, Levitt's houses did not depend on extensive funding, and Ford received no funding whatsoever. Both Levitt's houses and Ford's cars were affordable to people of moderate means. Though Ford was a known and published anti-Semite, he was largely quiet in the 1930s as the Nazis solidified power in Germany, and Levitt said little publicly about the state of the world.

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