SAT Subject US History Practice Question 439: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 439

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

Explanation:

California's population had become so enormous during the Gold Rush that it needed to organize its government and apply for statehood.

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