SAT Subject US History Practice Question 342: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 342

53. The 1870s and 1880s saw a flood of European immi gration to the American West for all the following reasons EXCEPT:

A. work for wages building the railroads
B. escape from enforced military service at home
C. the chance to own land given away by the government
D. the search for economic opportunity
E. the ease of getting rich quickly without effort

Correct Answer: E

Explanation:

No one would have assumed that staking a claim in the West and making it into a working farm, working on the railroad, or breaking horses and cattle would be an easy way to live.

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