SAT Subject US History Practice Question 45: Answer and Explanation
3. Which of the following was the primary reason for the wave of Irish immigration in the 1840s?
A. Desire to buy land
B. Desire for economic opportunity
C. Widespread starvation in the wake of the potato famine
D. Religious oppression
E. Political oppression from Great Britain
Correct Answer: C
There is some truth in all five choices, but for thousands of Irish peas- ants, the most urgent reason to go to the United States was that they did not have enough food.