SAT Subject US History Practice Question 968: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 968

49. Muhammad Ali was a significant figure in the 1960s, '70s, and '80s for all of the following reasons EXCEPT

A. he refused to serve in the Vietnam War.
B. he converted to Islam and adopted a Muslim name.
C. he campaigned for Ronald Reagan in 1980.
D. he became a symbol for civil rights.
E. he won a gold medal at the 1960 Olympics.

Correct Answer: C


Muhammad Ali did not campaign for the conservative Ronald Reagan. He was politically to the left. He did refuse to serve in Vietnam (A) on the basis that he was a conscientious objector. He became Muslim (B) and changed his name from Cassius Clay upon his conversion. Ali was an independent-minded man who always spoke his mind about discrimination. His unflinching militancy symbolized (D) the turbulent times in which he lived. His entry into the public eye came in the 1960 Olympics (E) when he won a gold medal.

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