SAT Subject US History Practice Question 538: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 538

69. The phrase "Great White Hope" refers to which of the following?

A. Babe Ruth, whose home run hitting restored faith in baseball after the Black Sox scandal of 1919
B. Boston Celtics basketball star Larry Bird
C. The women's gymnastics team at the 1980 Olympic Games
D. A white boxer good enough to defeat Jack Johnson, world heavyweight champion in 1908
E. Swedish tennis champion Bjorn Borg

Correct Answer: D


When Jack Johnson became world heavyweight champion, almost every white sports journalist in the country expressed the desire for a "great white hope" to come along and defeat him.

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