SAT® Subject Test in U.S. History

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Colonial Rationale

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One of the biggest reasons the British effort to make the colonies help pay for the French and Indian War was unpopular in the colonies because:

A

The colonists felt they existed for England’s benefit and were already economically suffering under mercantilism, so the added burden was perceived to be financially ruinous.

B

The colonists felt it was unfairly applied, as people in England as well as the Caribbean and Canadian colonies were not asked to pay extra taxes.

C

The British stated they would refuse to provide military protection to any colony that did not pay its taxes, and would be at the mercy of the Spanish, French or Natives.

D

The British passed legislation stating that members of colonial legislations that did not pay in a timely fashion would be tried in England and jailed for treason.

E

Colonial manufacturing would become too expensive with the added tariffs that would be necessary to raise tax revenue.