SAT Subject US History Practice Question 1117: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 1117

4. According to the Immigration Act of 1965, the main criteria for admission to the United States would be an applicant's

A. gender.
B. race.
C. country of origin.
D. occupation.
E. education.

Correct Answer: D

Explanation:

Occupation became the chief criteria under this act, discontinuing discriminatory criteria that had been used in other immigration legislation, such as race and country of origin. To use gender would have also been discriminatory and would not have been acceptable given the mood of the nation in the 1960s. Education was not as important as was experience in particular occupations that were in short supply in the nation.

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