SAT Subject US History Practice Question 390: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 390

11. The cattle boom of the late 1800s ended abruptly in part because of the

A. severe winter weather of the 1880s
B. rise in prices as supply grew far beyond demand
C. cooperative agreements among ranchers to allow free access across the plains to all herds
D. trend toward larger ranches
E. expansion of sheep ranching

Correct Answer: A

Explanation:

Severe droughts and then severe blizzards killed up to 90 percent of the cattle herds in the late 1880s.

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