SAT Subject US History Practice Question 590: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 590

31. Which of the following most accurately defines Transcendentalism?

A. The belief that people can rise above material things in life to reach a higher understanding
B. The belief that one religion could transcend denominationalism
C. The belief that the Puritan faith could be combined with Unitarianism
D. The belief that Native Americans could never attain heaven
E. The belief in predestination and God's assignment at birth of people to their fate

Correct Answer: A


Transcendentalists were influenced by Kant and by Romantic poets. They believed that the way to perfection was through the acquisition of knowledge.

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