SAT Subject US History Practice Question 220: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 220

21. Promontory Point, Utah, is historically significant as the site of the

A. realization by Lewis and Clark that there was no water route to the Pacific Ocean
B. tests for the first atomic weapons created by the United States
C. meeting of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads
D. first permanent settlement built by the Anasazi
E. colony of Mormons established by Brigham Young and his followers

Correct Answer: C

Explanation:

The Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads, whose builders were working from opposite directions, met at Promontory Point in 1869 to create the first transcontinental railroad.

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