SAT Subject US History Practice Question 58: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 58

1. The U.S. government insisted on moving Native Americans to reservations primarily because

A. settlers from the East were greedy for the Native Americans' ancestral lands
B. Native American hunting practices threatened the survival of the buffalo
C. Native Americans were better at farming and technology than were Americans of European descent
D. settlers from the East did not understand Native American languages
E. government authorities were afraid of a planned Native American rebellion

Correct Answer: A


Native Americans were never numerous enough or aggressive enough to threaten the United States in any way. Americans of European descent forced Native Americans off their land for only one reason: they wanted the land for themselves.

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