SAT Subject US History Practice Question 679: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 679

30. The election of Barack Obama as president was significant for all of these reasons EXCEPT that

A. he was the first African American ever elected.
B. he was the youngest president ever elected.
C. he was the first senator to win an election since John F. Kennedy.
D. he was the first candidate to utilize the full power of the Internet.
E. it was the first time a sitting senator had defeated another sitting senator.

Correct Answer: B


Though Theodore Roosevelt, at age 42, was the youngest man ever to assume the presidency, he did so after the assassination of William McKinley and thus was not voted in. The youngest person ever elected president was John F. Kennedy, who was 43. Barack Obama was 47 when he won the election. All of the other answers-(A), (C), (D), and (E)-are reasons why Obama's election was significant.

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