SAT Subject US History Practice Question 13: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 13

1. Britain defended the colonists against the French primarily because

A. William Pitt believed it was necessary to win the war quickly
B. Britain was protecting its own investment in the colonies
C. British military officers were personally loyal to colonial troops
D. the British and the Native Americans did not have friendly relations
E. Britain wanted to push Spain out of its American colonies

Correct Answer: B


The British had made a commitment to the war before Pitt took office. The British military felt no personal loyalty to the colonial soldiers, who were strangers to them. The Native Americans were only a sec- ondary factor in the war; it was largely about what the British saw as their rights to territory that the French also claimed.

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