SAT Subject US History Practice Question 991: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 991

72. The Northwest Ordinance of 1787 was significant for all of the following reasons EXCEPT that it

A. provided for freedom of religion in the Northwest Territory.
B. established militias for protection against the French.
C. prohibited slavery in the Northwest Territory.
D. encouraged the fair treatment of Native Americans.
E. provided for the orderly settlement of the Northwest Territory.

Correct Answer: B


The Northwest Ordinance did not have any provisions involving the establishment of militias, and after the French defeat in the French and Indian War in 1763, the French were no longer a threat in the area. The ordinance did provide for freedom for religion (A), prohibit slavery in the territory under discussion (C), encourage decent treatment of Native Americans (D), and provide for the orderly settlement of the Northwest Territory (E).

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