SAT Subject US History Practice Question 14: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 14

2. George Washington found the job of commander in chief of the colonial army thankless and exhausting for all the following reasons EXCEPT:

A. the regular desertion of his soldiers who wanted to return to look after their own affairs
B. the contempt and distrust with which the British army officers treated him
C. the fact that his soldiers often refused to obey orders of which they did not approve
D. his lack of enjoyment of or interest in the military life
E. the youth and inexperience that made it difficult for him to know the best course to pursue

Correct Answer: D


Washington had always desired a military career, and it is common knowledge that he was to continue to serve in the military throughout the American Revolution. The other four choices all contributed to his first experience of army command being mixed, at best.

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