SAT Subject US History Practice Question 781: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 781

42. Which of the following is NOT true of John Quincy Adams?

A. He was the only president to serve in the House of Representatives after he left the presidency.
B. He was an ardent opponent of the Gag Rule.
C. He supported scientific research.
D. He was the only son of a president to attain the presidency himself.
E. He argued for the freedom of the slaves on the ship Amistad.

Correct Answer: D


Until the election of George W. Bush, John Quincy Adams was the only son of a president to become president. He was an intellectual out of his natural environment as president, but he really came into his own as a member of the House of Representatives (A). He was antislavery so he opposed the Gag Rule (B), but he was not an abolitionist. He supported scientific research (C), including an astronomical observatory, and he defended the Amistad captives (E) before the Supreme Court.

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