SAT Subject US History Practice Question 53: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 53

2. The Union was more likely to win a war of attrition because

A. it had a larger pool of available reinforcements and could resupply its troops
B. the Confederates had not been able to march farther north than Maryland
C. the Confederate officers did not know how to fight a war of attrition
D. African Americans fought only on the Union side
E. its military leaders had no command of strategy and tactics

Correct Answer: A


A war of attrition is a war fought without quarter to exhaust the troops, supplies, and resources of the enemy. The South had far fewer of those things to begin with, and so was more likely to lose a war of attrition.

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