SAT Subject US History Practice Question 248: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 248

49. The emphasis of the Great Awakening of the mid-1700s was on individual salvation by

A. separation of church and state
B. predestination
C. faith in the absolute power of God
D. the nonexistence of heaven or hell
E. the divinity of the English monarch

Correct Answer: C


The Great Awakening was radical because it contradicted the Puritan belief that salvation was predestined. It suggested instead that people could be "born again" and choose to save themselves through their faith.

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