SAT Subject US History Practice Question 890: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 890

61. The Virginia House of Burgesses and the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut were similar in that both

A. provided for direct democracy.
B. provided for representative democracy.
C. symbolized the independent spirit that existed in the American colonies.
D. provided for universal male suffrage.
E. were independent of the British government.

Correct Answer: B

Explanation:

The Virginia House of Burgesses and the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut involved the elections of representatives to carry on government. Thus, they were examples of representative democracy, not direct democracy (A). These assemblies followed the English traditions that the colonists were accustomed to, not uniquely American impulses (C). These documents did not provide for universal manhood suffrage (D). They were established with the approval of the British government (E).

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