SAT Subject US History Practice Question 235: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 235

36. The United States declared war on Germany directly after

A. sinking of the Lusitania by German U-boats
B. signing of the Sussex Pledge by Germany
C. passage of the National Defense Act of 1916
D. establishment of the International Red Cross Organization
E. publication of the Zimmerman Telegram in U.S. newspapers

Correct Answer: E


The Zimmerman Telegram was the last straw that swung U.S. public opinion against Germany enough for a declaration of war.

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