SAT Subject US History Practice Question 22: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 22

2. General Howe was determined to capture the city of Philadelphia primarily because

A. it was the capital city and such a capture would be prestigious
B. it was an important Atlantic seaport city
C. it had been the scene of most of the fierce resistance to the Acts of Parliament before the war began
D. it was the home of Benjamin Franklin
E. it was a Loyalist city and would welcome the arrival of the British

Correct Answer: A


The British gained no strategic advantage by occupying the capital. Howe wanted to take the city because taking the enemy's capital city was traditional in warfare, and it looked like an important accomplishment.

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