SAT Subject US History Practice Question 8: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 8

4. Which of the following events was most responsible for the eventual disappearance of theocracy in Massachusetts?

A. The founding of Rhode Island
B. The establishment of Yale College
C. The banishment of Anne Hutchinson
D. The founding of Pennsylvania
E. The Salem witchcraft trials

Correct Answer: E


The Salem witchcraft trials created a scandal throughout the colony. It was clear to the people that justice was not being served. The church officials who participated in the trials lost their standing in the com- munity, and the reputation of the church was damaged permanently.

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