SAT Subject US History Practice Question 425: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 425

46. We fight not to enslave, but to set a country free, and to make room upon the earth for honest men to live in. The writer of the above statement was most likely referring to which of the following wars?

A. The Civil War
B. The Vietnam War
C. The War of 1812
D. World War II
E. The Revolutionary War

Correct Answer: E


The phrase "set a country free" makes it clear that the writer (Thomas Paine) must be speaking of the Revolutionary War, in which the colonists saw themselves as slaves fighting for their freedom from the tyranny of Great Britain.

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