SAT Subject US History Practice Question 36: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 36

2. The Missouri Compromise stated all the following EXCEPT:

A. Missouri would be admitted to the Union as a slaveholding state.
B. Maine would be admitted to the Union as a free state.
C. Slavery would be outlawed north of Missouri's southern border, except in Missouri itself.
D. No future state would be admitted to the Union as a slaveholding state.
E. The balance of power in Congress would remain even, with 12 free states and 12 slaveholding states.

Correct Answer: D

Explanation:

The Southern states never would have agreed to the idea that no future states would be slave states; the essence of the compromise was to try to maintain a balance of power that would satisfy those on both sides on the issue.

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