SAT Subject US History Practice Question 81: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 81

3. After they drove west from the Dust Bowl seeking work in California, most farmers

A. found good jobs and soon returned to prosperity
B. competed with thousands like themselves for poorly paid work
C. got arrested protesting unfair working conditions
D. crossed the border into Mexico to find work
E. petitioned the White House for help in fighting the growers' association

Correct Answer: B


The California fruit and vegetable growers could offer whatever wages they cared to because they knew the Okies and other migrants were desperate for work. Naturally, they set wages very low. Farmers had no choice but to accept the offers or starve.

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