SAT Subject US History Practice Question 303: Answer and Explanation
14. What did President Richard Nixon do to bring about the Saturday Night Massacre?
A. Ordered a break-in at the Democratic Party headquarters in the Watergate buildings
B. Ordered the attorney general to fire the special prosecutor who was investigating the administration
C. Demanded that Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee fire reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward
D. Refused to surrender taped Oval Office conversations to the Senate committee holding hearings on Watergate
E. Appointed Gerald R. Ford vice president of the United States
Correct Answer: B
The Saturday Night Massacre refers to the resignations of the attorney general and his assistant on refusing to obey Nixon's order and the firing of the special prosecutor by Robert Bork.