SAT Subject US History Practice Question 215: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 215

16. Which nineteenth-century author created the proto type of the strong, silent American hero of fiction and drama, who keeps his own counsel and relies only on his own judgment?

A. Edgar Allan Poe
B. James Fenimore Cooper
C. Herman Melville
D. Walt Whitman
E. Nathaniel Hawthorne

Correct Answer: B


Cooper's hero Hawkeye/Deerslayer/Natty Bumppo was the prototype of the strong, silent, self-reliant American hero familiar to movie audiences throughout the twentieth century and to readers of Hemingway and many other fiction writers.

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