SAT Subject US History Practice Question 499: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 499

30. All the following were parts of the Anaconda Plan in the Civil War EXCEPT:

A. a Union blockade of Confederate ports
B. a siege of Richmond by federal troops
C. a campaign to destroy Southern railroads and industries
D. cutting the South in half by seizing the Mississippi
E. assaulting coastal ports to seize trading vessels

Correct Answer: B


The Anaconda Plan refers specifically to the blockade, which was meant to crush the life out of the South as an anaconda squeezes the life out of its prey. General Winfield Scott, who proposed the plan, warned against trying to capture Richmond.

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