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Review for the
AP U.S. History Exam

© 2003 James L. Smith

TABLE OF CONTENTS

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The Advanced Placement U.S. History Exam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Information about the AP exam and helpful hints for obtaining the highest grade possible.

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Important Dates in U.S. History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Memorize these dates!

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250 Things Every AP Student Should Know About U.S. History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Essential information to know before taking the AP exam.

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Topical Review of U.S. History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 An overview of important topics in U.S. history.

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Chronological Review of U.S. History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 A review of items from released AP exams.

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Odds and Ends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Don’t forget to review this information – you never know what will show up on the AP exam

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AP Essays — Sample Rubrics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Use these rubrics to know what standards to meet when writing essays.

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Commonly Used Phrases in AP U.S. History Essays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Make sure you know what the essay question is asking.

THE ADVANCED PLACEMENT U.S. HISTORY EXAM

When is this year’s AP U.S. History exam?
The test is scheduled for 8:00 A.M. on Friday, May __________.

What should I bring to the exam?
You should bring a watch, pencil, eraser, and pen with blue or black ink.

TYPES OF QUESTIONS
Section I (50% of grade)

80 multiple choice questions
55 minutes

Section II (50 % of grade)

1 Document-Based Question and 2 Standard Essays
DBQ = 15 minutes reading and planning / 45 minutes writing
Standard Essays = 5 minutes planning / 30 minutes writing
Total Time = 130 minutes

MULTIPLE CHOICE QUESTIONS
The questions cover all periods of U.S. history
1. Colonial America to 1789 — 20% of the test (sixteen questions) 2. 1790-1914 — 45% of the test (thirty-six questions)
3. 1915- present — 35% of the test (twenty-eight questions) Suggestions for answering multiple choice questions:
C Read the question and all five choices before marking your answer. Although each question has a right answer, other choices may not be wrong. Several choices may be good answers, just not as good as the correct one. If A sounds right, hold on. B might be a better choice.

C Avoid wild guessing. One-fourth of a point is deducted for each question answered incorrectly. If you are not sure of the answer, eliminate as many as possible and make an educated guess. Answer every question in which you can eliminate at least one of the answers. If you cannot eliminate at least one, it might be better not to answer the question. C Watch for words like except, not, and least. (“All of the following happened in the 1960s except . . .”)

C Budget your time. You have 41 seconds per question. Questions that ask you to analyze data or evaluate an excerpt take longer than those that ask you to recall factual information.
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WRITING ESSAYS FOR THE AP EXAM — GENERAL INFORMATION
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The purpose of an essay to do two things: (1) Make an assertion (2) Defend an assertion. Each essay should contain three parts: (1) Introduction (2) Body (3) Conclusion. The Introduction
a. The Introduction should contain a thesis statement that answers all parts of the question.
b. The thesis statement should need evidence to support it. Make sure the thesis passes the “Show Me” test. Use the “Yes/But”...
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