SAT Subject US History Practice Question 435: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 435

56. President Abraham Lincoln considered it crucial to prevent Maryland from seceding from the Union primarily because

A. it surrounded Washington, D.C., on three sides
B. it shared a long border with Pennsylvania
C. it was the site of the Battles of Antietam and Fredericksburg
D. it was home to John Wilkes Booth, Lincoln's assassin
E. it contained the greatest number of factories of any Southern state

Correct Answer: A

Explanation:

If Maryland had seceded, the U.S. capital city would have been surrounded on all four sides by the Confederacy. That was clearly untenable.

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