SAT Subject US History Practice Question 56: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 56

2. Southern Democrats did all the following to bar likely Republican voters from the polls EXCEPT:

A. threatened them with violence
B. charged a poll tax they could not afford
C. made them take a literacy test they were likely to fail
D. shot them to death
E. passed laws that denied them the right to vote

Correct Answer: E


The Fifteenth Amendment guarantees African Americans the constitu- tional right to vote. No state or local legislature could pass a law denying that right; no such law would have stood the test of a lawsuit.

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