SAT Subject US History Practice Question 797: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 797

58. The Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1933 was an attempt to increase farm prices by

A. restricting farm production through voluntary cooperation by farmers.
B. increasing farm production to meet growing demand.
C. reducing farm production by paying farmers to plant fewer crops.
D. lowering the tariffs to increase the sale of agricultural products abroad.
E. teaching farmers industrial skills so that they could leave the land.

Correct Answer: C


The Agricultural Adjustment Act of (AAA) of 1933 subsidized farmers who planted fewer crops. It was hoped that a smaller supply would increase farm prices. This was not a voluntary program (A). An increase in crops (B) would depress prices further. The AAA did not propose a lowering of tariffs (D), nor did it encourage farmers to leave the land (E).

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