SAT Subject US History Practice Question 2: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 2

2. Which of the following contributed the most to the founding and success of the Iroquois Confederacy?

A. The small size of the Iroquois tribes
B. The fact that the tribes all belonged to the same nation
C. The popular election of the council members
D. The constant conflicts among the Iroquois tribes
E. The example of the New England town meeting

Correct Answer: B


The fact that the Iroquois tribes all belonged to the same nation meant that they had a common heritage. Their languages and customs were quite similar. This meant that communication and understanding were easy. This ability to understand one another was clearly the most crucial factor in establishing the Iroquois Confederacy.

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