SAT Subject US History Practice Question 533: Answer and Explanation
64. The term "planned obsolescence" refers to which of the following?
A. The practice of letting a contract expire
B. An urban planning strategy designed to rebuild neighborhoods on a timed schedule
C. The business practice of manufacturing products specifically designed to go out of style and be replaced by new models
D. A temporary construction site
E. The government system for maturing savings bonds
Correct Answer: C
"Obsolescence" means that something passes into a state of uselessness. Businesses employ this practice so that consumers will have to spend more money to buy the new model.