SAT Subject US History Practice Question 315: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 315

26. All the following facts about the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 inspired many Northerners to take an active role in the fight against slavery EXCEPT

A. Slaves would carry their slave status with them even when escaping to a free state.
B. Thousands of African Americans crossed the border into Canada to avoid being pursued by slave owners.
C. Northerners resented being forced to obey the Dred Scott decision without getting something in return.
D. Court commissioners would receive more money when they decided a dispute in the slave owner's favor.
E. No African American accused of being an escaped slave was permitted to testify in his or her own defense.

Correct Answer: C


The U.S. Supreme Court handed down the Dred Scott decision in 18he Fugitive Slave Act was part of the Compromise of 1850 and in that compromise, the North received the admission of California to the United States as a free state. All of the other choices are true.

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