SSAT Reading Question 245: Answer and Explanation
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.