SAT Subject US History Practice Question 711: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 711

62. Tensions between England and the United States grew between 1790 and 1812 for all of the following reasons EXCEPT the

A. impressment of U.S. seamen into British service.
B. British incitement to violence of the Indian population on the frontier.
C. British military occupation in the Ohio Valley.
D. XYZ Affair.
E. Americans' continued holding of Loyalists' lands.

Correct Answer: D


The XYZ Affair, which took place in 1797 during the administration of John Adams, resulted in American agitation for war against France but did not raise tensions with Britain. The British engaged in impressment of U.S. seamen (A) until the War of 1812. The British continually incited the Indians to violence against the Americans after the Revolutionary War (B). Despite the Treaty of Paris in 1783, the British had not removed their forces from the Ohio Valley (C). In the Treaty of Paris of 1783, the Americans had agreed only to encourage the states to return land seized from the Loyalists during the Revolutionary War (E).

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