SAT Subject US History Practice Question 367: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 367

78. The change in U.S. society in the period between 1820 and 1844 is best explained by which of the following statements?

A. The United States changed from a society of peasants to an aristocracy.
B. Control of business and government by the well-born gave way to a society based on the economic success of "self-made" men.
C. The new social structure was based less on banking and more on Southern plantation life.
D. New England's shipping commerce became secondary in the economy to Southern cotton farming.
E. Jackson's policies stalled westward expansion of the United States.

Correct Answer: B


The Age of Jackson was notable for the impact of the industrial revolution, westward expansion, lowered suffrage restrictions, and political appeals to the "common man." The other choices are untrue.

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