SAT Subject US History Practice Question 948: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 948

29. Napalm, a focus of antiwar protests during the Vietnam War, was

A. an explosive weapon that divided into parts, killing many people.
B. a nerve gas that paralyzed the enemy.
C. a drug used to interrogate prisoners.
D. a weapon that burst into flames after adhering to its victim.
E. a class of biological weapons that caused rare diseases.

Correct Answer: D

Explanation:

Napalm was a jellylike substance that stuck to its targets and then burst into flame. It was an especially horrifying aspect of the American attempt to terrorize the Vietnamese. It was not a fragmenting bullet (A), nerve gas (B), or biological weapon (E). Napalm was not used to interrogate prisoners (C).

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