SAT Subject US History Practice Question 24: Answer and Explanation
4. What was the primary purpose of the Olive Branch Petition?
A. To open trade between the United States and the Mediterranean nations of Greece and Italy
B. To ask King George III to bring about a reconciliation between Parliament and the colonies
C. To state the reasons for Americans to declare their independence from Great Britain
D. To urge Americans to declare independence from a corrupt hereditary monarchy
E. To justify America's decision to begin to take up arms against the redcoats
Correct Answer: B
Choice C describes the Declaration of Independence, choice D describes Common Sense, and choice E describes the "Causes and Necessities for Taking up Arms." Choice A is wrong because the Olive Branch Petition had nothing to do with olives.