SAT Subject US History Practice Question 748: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 748

9. Which of the following was least likely to provoke a direct military confrontation between the United States and the USSR?

A. The Berlin Airlift of 1948
B. The Cuban missile crisis of 1962
C. The Soviet suppression of the Hungarian revolt in 1956
D. The construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961
E. The Korean War of 1950 to 1953

Correct Answer: E

Explanation:

The Korean War involved direct engagement between U.S. forces and those of North Korea and China, but not the Soviet Union. The Berlin Airlift (A), the Cuban missile crisis (B), the Soviet suppression of the Hungarian revolution (C), and the construction of the Berlin Wall (D) all resulted in eyeball-to-eyeball standoffs that almost led to armed conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union, as each had specific interests that were threatened.

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