SAT Subject US History Practice Question 668: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 668

19. The women's movement that emerged in the 1970s was called the second wave of feminism because it

A. took its name from the title of a book by Simone de Beauvoir.
B. built on the women's movement of the 19th century.
C. built on the women's movement of the 1930s.
D. took inspiration from the women's movement in Europe.
E. took its name from the title of a book by Kate Millett.

Correct Answer: B

Explanation:

The Seneca Falls Declaration (1848); the great speeches of Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1848-1902); and the works of Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott, and Harriet Tubman (all 19th-century thinkers and activists) were part of the first wave on which the feminism of the 1970s was based. Simone de Beauvoir (A) was the author of the groundbreaking Second Sex (1950). There was only a small women's movement in the 1930s (C), and the women's movement in America was the precursor of the European movement (D). Kate Millet's famous book (E) is Sexual Politics (1970).

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