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AP US HISTORY FREE RESPONSE QUESTIONS SINCE 1990

I. Colonial Time 1607 - 1775

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. (90)

2. For the period before 1750, analyze the ways in which Britain’s policy of salutary neglect influenced the development of American society as illustrated in the following: Legislative assembliesCommerceReligion (95)

3. Analyze the extent to which religious freedom existed in the British North American colonies prior to 1700. (98)

4. Analyze the cultural and economic responses of TWO of the following groups to the Indians of North America before 1750. BritishFrenchSpanish (00)

5. How did economic, geographic, and social factors encourage the growth of slavery as an important part of the economy of the southern colonies between 1607 and 1775? (01)

6. Compare the ways in which religion shaped the development of colonial society (to 1740) in TWO of the following regions: New EnglandChesapeakeMiddle Atlantic (02)

7. Compare and contrast the ways in which economic development affected politics in Massachusetts and Virginia in the period from 1607 to 1750. (05)

8. 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: PoliticsReligionEconomic Development (06)

II. American Revolution – Early Republic ( 1776 – 1800)

1. Analyze the extent to which the American Revolution represented a radical alteration in American political ideas and institutions. Confine your answer to the period 1775 to 1800. (97)

2. Analyze the degree to which the Articles of Confederation provided an effective form of government with respect to any TWO of the following: Foreign relationsEconomic conditions Western lands ( 96)

3. Evaluate the relative importance of domestic and foreign affairs in shaping American politics in the 1790’s. (94)

4. The Bill of Rights did not come from a desire to protect the liberties won in the American Revolution, but rather from a fear of the powers of the new federal government. Assess the validity of the statement. (91)

5. Evaluate the relative importance of the following as factors prompting Americans to rebel in 1776: Parliamentary taxation British military measures Restriction of civil liberties The legacy of colonial religious and political ideas (92)

6. Analyze the contributions of TWO of the following in helping establish a stable government after the adoption of the Constitution. John AdamsThomas JeffersonGeorge Washington (02)

7. Analyze the impact of the American Revolution on both slavery and the status of women in the period from 1775-1800. (04)

III. Jeffersonian Democracy 1800 – 1825

No questions since 1983. The 1983 question is included below.

1. Early United States foreign policy was primarily a defensive reaction to perceived or actual threats from Europe. Assess the validity of this generalization with reference to United States foreign policy on TWO major issues during the period from 1789 – 1825. (83)

IV. Jackson and American Life 1825 – 1860

1. Analyze the ways in which Two of the following influenced the development of American society. Puritanism during the seventeenth century
The Great Awakening during the eighteenth century
The Second Great Awakening during the nineteenth century (94)

2. In what ways did the early nineteenth –century reform movements for abolition and women’s rights illustrate both the strengths and weaknesses of...
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