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ESSAY QUESTIONS USED ON ADVANCED PLACEMENT EXAMS 1979-2009
The following questions are listed chronologically by subjects. It is hoped that clues as to how subjects in United States History can be presented analytically can be identified by studying this list. Many of the questions required students to compare two or more periods of history, and these questions appear in each period specified in the essay. The questions are placed under the titles of the topics I use in my U.S. History A.P. course. I. The Founding of the Colonies, 1607-1688 1. "Throughout the Colonial period, economic concerns had more to do with the settling of British North America than did religious concerns." Assess the validity of this statement with specific reference to economic and religious concerns. (1990, question 2) 2. "Although New England and the Chesapeake region were both settled largely by people of English origin, by 1700 the regions had evolved into two distinct societies. Why did this difference in development occur?" Use the documents AND your knowledge of the colonial period up to 1700 to develop your answer. (1993, DBQ)** 3. "In the seventeenth century, New England Puritans tried to create a model society. What were their aspirations, and to what extent were those aspirations fulfilled during the seventeenth century?" (1983, question 2) 4. Early encounters between American Indians and European colonists led to a variety of relationships among the different cultures.

Analyze how the actions taken by BOTH American Indians and European colonists shaped those relationships in TWO of the following regions. Confine your answer to the 1600s.
-New England
-Chesapeake
-Spanish Southwest
-New York and New France
(2008 question 2)
5. Analyze the differences between the Spanish settlements in the Southwest and the English colonies in New England in the seventeenth century in terms of TWO of the following: -Politics
-Religion
-Economic development
(2006, question 2)
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