SAT Subject US History Practice Question 217: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 217

18. In what way was the purchase of the Louisiana Territory inconsistent with Thomas Jefferson's polit ical beliefs?

A. He did not think it was right to take any more land from the Native Americans.
B. He did not think the United States should continue expanding to the west.
C. He believed the Constitution should be interpreted according to the letter.
D. He believed that the French would attack the United States after the sale of the land.
E. He felt it was his duty as president to take advantage of the opportunity to buy the land.

Correct Answer: C


Jefferson believed in strict construction of the Constitution, and that document did not explicitly give the president the authority to enlarge the nation. Therefore, his purchase of the Louisiana Territory was inconsistent with his beliefs.

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