SAT Subject US History Practice Question 443: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 443

64. A "Horatio Alger" hero is a fictional character who symbolized which of the following to readers of the 1860s and 1870s?

A. The evil effects of gambling
B. The ability to get rich by working one's way up from poor beginnings
C. The value of social programs that helped working people
D. The importance of acquiring a four-year college degree
E. The importance of aristocratic family connec tions to those who want to succeed

Correct Answer: B

Explanation:

The novels of Horatio Alger, Jr., were rags-toriches stories featuring heroes who began life in poverty and patiently and honestly worked their way up to great wealth.

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