SAT Subject US History Practice Question 169: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 169

60. As the Constitutional Convention ended, Benjamin Franklin commented about a half-sun with its rays painted on George Washington's chair that "now at length I have the happiness to know that it is a rising and not a setting sun." Franklin meant these words as

A. a criticism of the delegates to the Convention who did not share his faith in the Constitution
B. an indication that he knew that the fight for the ratification of the Constitution would be difficult
C. a joke about the poor quality of the furniture in Independence Hall
D. an expression of hope and optimism for the new government he had helped design
E. a criticism of the painter of the chair

Correct Answer: D

Explanation:

Sunrise is a perennial metaphor for hope and optimism.

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