SAT Subject US History Practice Question 1138: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 1138

1. Bill Clinton's presidency was marked by

A. a period of prosperity for the nation.
B. an absence of political dissension between the Republicans and the Democrats.
C. peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians.
D. an isolationist foreign policy.
E. the passage of the Contract with America.

Correct Answer: A


The eight years of Bill Clinton's terms were marked by a high period of prosperity. Employment was high, businesses were growing, and the dollar was strong. There was much political disagreement between the Democrats and Republicans, as demonstrated by battles over the budget, welfare reform, and the impeachment. The Wye Memorandum was an agreement signed between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. It authorized Israel to withdraw troops from parts of the West Bank. However, the conflict between the Palestinians and the Israelis was not resolved. Bill Clinton's administration took a very active role in foreign affairs and, therefore, cannot be considered isolationist. The Contract with America was composed by the Republicans in 1994, but was never passed. Clinton battled the Republicans over this Contract, which resulted in the Republicans withholding their approval of the federal budget in 1995. This battle virtually shut down the government.

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