SAT Subject US History Practice Question 68: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 68

2. The Seventeenth Amendment, ratified in 1913, established which of the following?

A. Secret ballots in local elections
B. A direct primary
C. Direct popular election of senators
D. An eight-hour workday
E. A federal minimum wage

Correct Answer: C


Choices A, B, D, and E have never been the subject of constitutional amendments, although all have been passed into law or established by custom. The Seventeenth Amendment overturned a provision of the Constitution that gave state legislatures the power to choose senators.

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