SAT Subject US History Practice Question 384: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 384

5. The Supreme Court decision in the case of Dred Scott v. Sanford stated all the following EXCEPT:

A. A slave could not gain his or her freedom by moving to a free state or territory.
B. Slaves had the legal status of property, not people.
C. The Founding Fathers had never intended for Africans to become U.S. citizens.
D. The Missouri Compromise violated the Fifth Amendment.
E. Only individual states could decide whether a slave could become a citizen.

Correct Answer: E


The Court expressly stated that a slave's status could not be changed by any power except that of the person who owned him or her.

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