SAT Subject US History Practice Question 5: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 5

1. Why did the settlers of Massachusetts Bay found Harvard College?

A. They wanted a school that would rival Yale College in Connecticut.
B. They needed to supply jobs for unemployed professors.
C. They were concerned to educate future ministers of their church.
D. They wanted both boys and girls in New England to learn to read.
E. They insisted on the separation of church and state.

Correct Answer: C


The Puritans of Massachusetts Bay established Harvard as a training school for young men who wanted to enter the ministry because it was very important to them that their ministers be learned and educated.

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