SAT Subject US History Practice Question 113: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 113

4. Even though the Tea Act of 1773 lowered the price of East India tea, the colonists opposed it primarily because

A. the British were selling the colonies inferior tea
B. the price of the tea included a tax the colonists did not want to pay
C. the Dutch threatened to stop trading with the colonies
D. the act gave trading privileges to Dutch merchants over colonial merchants
E. the British colonial governors took the tea for themselves

Correct Answer: B


The colonists knew that if they gave in and paid the tax for the sake of saving money, Britain would have a hold over them the next time it ordered them to pay a tax.

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