SAT Subject US History Practice Question 746: Answer and Explanation
7. The novel It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis
A. warned Americans in the 1920s that excessive buying on credit could lead to an economic crisis.
B. described what the United States would look like if communists led a successful revolution in the 1950s.
C. imagined a fascist takeover in the United States in the 1930s.
D. addressed the danger of nuclear war in the 1960s.
E. woke Californians up in the 1970s to the dangers of a devastating earthquake.
Correct Answer: C
Lewis's 1935 novel served as a warning, as fascism was gaining ground in Europe and demagogues were gaining adherents in the United States. The other answer choices were not highlighted in major American novels.