SAT Subject US History Practice Question 854: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 854

25. The acquisition of territory from Mexico as a result of the Mexican War was most significant in that it

A. settled conflicts between Native Americans and the U.S. government.
B. led to the acquisition of Oregon.
C. led to Bleeding Kansas.
D. provided the United States with territory to build the Panama Canal.
E. heightened sectional tensions over the issue of slavery.

Correct Answer: E

Explanation:

The acquisition of territory from Mexico after the Mexican War provided a place that became the center of conflict concerning the extension of slavery. The acquisition of the Mexican Territory aggravated conflicts with Native Americans (A). The Oregon question (B) had been settled in 1846. Bleeding Kansas (C) occurred in 1856, and Kansas was acquired as part of the Louisiana Territory. Panama (D) is located in Central America.

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