SAT Subject US History Practice Question 18: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 18

2. Why had Great Britain failed to enforce the Navigation Acts before 1763?

A. Smuggling had made the colonies, and therefore Britain, wealthier.
B. The royal governors in the colonies were disloyal to British interests.
C. Britain had no interest in what went on in the American colonies.
D. British representatives found it impossible to enforce laws that so many colonists were determined to ignore.
E. The colonists threatened the lives and property of the people paid to enforce the Navigation Acts.

Correct Answer: D


Choices B, C, and E are untrue statements. Choice A is misleading; the colonists profited from smuggling, but those profits did not accrue to Britain.

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