SAT Subject US History Practice Question 888: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 888

59. When President George H. W. Bush spoke of a New World Order, he was referring to

A. the results of the "war to end all wars."
B. agreements among China, the Soviet Union, and the United States.
C. the defeat of Iraq in the Gulf War.
D. the signing of NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) and among improved relations among Canada, Mexico, and the United States.
E. the importance of the United Nations as a force to settle international disputes after the fall of the Soviet Union.

Correct Answer: E


George H. W. Bush declared that the fall of the Soviet Union gave the democratic nations a chance to settle international disputes through the United Nations. The coalition led by the United States to defeat Iraq in the Gulf War had the support of the United Nations. There was no major power to oppose United States actions after 1991, in the United Nations or anywhere else. The "war to end all wars" (A) was a slogan used to describe World War I. There have never been major agreements among China, the Soviet Union, and the United States (B). The New World Order refers to efforts for worldwide peace, not the defeat of Iraq (C) or the signing of the NAFTA agreement in 1993 (D).

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