SAT Subject US History Practice Question 861: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 861

32. The Maryland Act of Toleration, passed in 1649, was significant in that it

A. provided religious freedom to Christians.
B. provided religious freedom to Catholics only.
C. provided for the just treatment of Native Americans.
D. provided religious freedom for Catholics, Jews, and Quakers.
E. allowed atheists to deny the existence of God.

Correct Answer: A


The Maryland Act of Toleration provided for religious freedom to Catholics and most Christian sects. One of its clauses called for the execution of any person who denied the divinity of Christ. This eliminated Jews and atheists, making choices (D) and (E) incorrect. The Act had nothing to do with Native Americans (C).

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