SAT Subject US History Practice Question 318: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 318

29. What was the main purpose of the naval blockade of the South during the Civil War?

A. To capture the capital city of the Confederacy
B. To force Jefferson Davis to emancipate all Southern slaves
C. To prevent shiploads of imported goods and supplies from reaching the people of the South
D. To prevent the Confederate Army from using the Mississippi River to travel north
E. To take control of the railroad system

Correct Answer: C


A naval blockade can only block ships from coming into port or going out. It cannot accomplish any of the other four choices.

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