For a century before the Erie Canal was built, there was much discussion among the general population of the Northeast as to the need for connecting the waterways of the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean. A project of such monumental proportions was not going to be undertaken and completed without a supreme amount of effort.
The man who was instrumental in accomplishing the feat that was the Erie Canal was DeWitt Clinton. As early as 1812, he was in the nation’s capital petitioning the federal government for financial assistance on the project, emphasizing what a boon to the economy of the country the canal would be. His efforts with the federal government, however, were not successful.
In 1816, Clinton asked the New York State Legislature for the funding for the canal, and this time he did succeed. A canal commission was instituted, and Clinton himself was made head of it. One year later, Clinton was elected governor of the state, and soon after, construction of the canal was started.
The canal took eight year to complete, and Clinton was on the first barge to travel the length of canal, the Seneca Chief, which departed from Buffalo on October 26, 1825 and arrived in New York City on November 4. Because of the success of the Erie Canal, numerous other canals were built in other parts of the country.
60. It can be inferred from the passage that ____.
A. The Erie Canal construction was started in 1816.
B. The New York State Legislature approved financial assistance on the Erie Canal project in 1812.
C. Clinton was the head of New York State Legislature in 1816.
D. Numerous canal in the countries were built under the supervision of New York City States.
E. DeWitt Clinton served as the governor of New York when the construction of Erie Canal was begun.
Soal menanyakan hal apa yang dapat disimpulkan dari wacana.
Hal yang dapat disimpulkan dari wacana tersebut adalah bahwa “DeWitt Clinton menjabat sebagai gubernur New York ketika pembangunan Kanal Erie dimulai” atau “DeWitt Clinton served as the governor of New York when the construction of Erie Canal was begun.”
Kalimat pendukung atas jawaban tersebut terletak pada kalimat terakhir di paragraf 3 yaitu “One year later, Clinton was elected governor of the state, and soon after, construction of the canal was started.” yang memiliki arti “Satu tahun kemudian, Clinton terpilih sebagai gubernur negara bagian, dan segera setelah itu, pembangunan kanal dimulai.”
Dengan demikian, jawaban yang benar adalah E.
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