SAT Subject US History Practice Question 378: Answer and Explanation
89. It possesses treasures . . . equal to those of any region of the continent. William Seward made this statement to describe which piece of land that he had purchased from which country?
A. Louisiana from France
B. Florida from Spain
C. California from Mexico
D. Nevada from Canada
E. Alaska from Russia
Correct Answer: E
Alaska was nicknamed "Seward's Folly" by those who thought he was crazy to insist on acquiring it from Russia.