SSAT Reading Question 222: Answer and Explanation

Home > SSAT Test > SSAT Reading Practice Test

Test Information

Question: 222

4. How much U.S. land was transferred to individuals under the terms of the Homestead Act?

  • A. 160 acres per person
  • B. 320 acres per family
  • C. 1.6 million acres
  • D. 270 million acres

Correct Answer: D


D is correct. As stated in paragraph 1, "Under this Act, 270 million acres, or 10% of the area of the United States, was claimed and settled." Choice A is wrong because each homesteader could claim a 160-acre parcel of land, but that does not mean that every person was entitled to 160 acres of land. Choice E is wrong because the passage states that 10 percent, not 30 percent, of all U.S. lands passed into the hands of individuals.

Previous       Next