SAT Subject US History Practice Question 227: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 227

28. The survival of the fittest is simply the survival of the strong, which implies and would better be called the destruction of the weak. If nature progresses through the destruction of the weak, man progresses through the protection of the weak. The speaker of the above quotation most likely opposed

A. progressivism
B. Social Darwinism
C. Prohibition
D. labor unions
E. woman suffrage

Correct Answer: B


Social Darwinism applies the biological sur-vival of the fittest to civilized society. The speaker of the quotation opposes this theory, suggesting rather that human beings have the responsibility to help those who are weak.

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