SAT Subject US History Practice Question 439: Answer and Explanation
60. Which of the following factors contributed most to California's decision to apply for statehood in 1850?
A. Increase in population as a result of the Gold Rush
B. Democratic Party success in the California legislature
C. Local insistence that California would be a slaveholding state
D. Decision of Congress to build a transcontinen tal railroad
E. Realization that the United States would soon be at war with Mexico
Correct Answer: A
California's population had become so enormous during the Gold Rush that it needed to organize its government and apply for statehood.