SSAT Reading Question 167: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 167

1. According to Douglass, the mission of the Civil War is to

  • A. destroy the Confederacy
  • B. punish the rebel soldiers
  • C. end slavery
  • D. preserve the Union

Correct Answer: C


C is correct. Douglass makes this point in the very first sentence when he says, "I am one of those who believe that it is the mission of this war to free every slave in the United States." Choices A, B, and D might all be consequences of the Civil War, but in this speech Douglass mentions only freeing every slave in the United States as the mission of the war.

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