SSAT Reading Question 245: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 245

5. In the first half of the twentieth century, the State of the Union address was forever changed by

  • A. the advent of radio and television
  • B. Thomas Jefferson
  • C. Lyndon Johnson
  • D. moving the site of the speech from New York to Washington, D.C.

Correct Answer: A


A is correct. As stated in the last paragraph, "With the advent of radio and television, the President’s annual message has become not only a conversation between the President and Congress but also an opportunity for the President to communicate with the American people at the same time." Choices B and C are wrong because Thomas Jefferson was president in the nineteenth century and Lyndon Johnson in the second half of the twentieth century. Choice D is wrong because Congress moved to Washington, D.C., in 1800, and choice E is wrong because newspaper coverage of the State of the Union message began long before the start of the twentieth century.

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