SAT Subject US History Practice Question 4: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 4

4. A major reason that the Europeans succeeded in dominating the Native Americans and gradually taking over their land because

A. their religion was more compelling
B. their respect for the land was greater
C. they were better farmers than the Native Americans
D. their weapons were more sophisticated and deadly
E. they arrived in America before the Native Americans

Correct Answer: D

Explanation:

European guns were much more efficient and deadly weapons than Native American spears or bows and arrows. In addition, catastrophic epidemics, especially smallpox, reduced native populations by two-thirds. None of the other four choices is true.

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