SAT Subject US History Practice Question 592: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 592

33. The Lincoln-Douglas debates took place during

A. the presidential election of 1860
B. the presidential election of 1864
C. the congressional debate over secession
D. the House of Representatives elections of 1854
E. the Senate elections of 1858

Correct Answer: E


Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas held their famous series of debates when both were candidates for the Illinois Senate seat that Douglas already held. Douglas won the election; two years later, Lincoln became president.

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