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AP WORLD HISTORY
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Modified Essay Questions for Exam Practice

This document provides modifications of the AP World History Comparative and Continuity and Change-Over-Time (CCOT) essay questions from the 2002 to the 2010 operational exams. The modified questions provide examples of essay questions that align more closely with the Curriculum Framework for the revised course as of the 2011-12 academic year. The accompanying rationale for each question explains the revisions.

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Modified AP World History Essay Questions

Modified AP World History Essay Questions
2010 Continuity and Change-Over-Time Essay Question
Describe and explain continuities and changes in religious beliefs and practices in ONE of the following regions from 1450 to the present. • Sub-Saharan Africa • Latin America/Caribbean

Revised Question
Analyze continuities and changes in cultural beliefs and practices in ONE of the following regions from 1450 to the present. • Sub-Saharan Africa • Latin America/Caribbean

Rationale for Revision: By broadening the scope of the original question from “religious beliefs and practices” to “cultural beliefs and practices” the question aligns better with the Curriculum Framework by drawing on the extensive discussion of culture in multiple key concepts throughout Periods 4 through 6.

Revised Question’s Alignment with the Curriculum Framework Key Concept 4.1.VI, VII; 4.3.I.A and B; 5.1.I; 5.2.III; 5.3.I, II; 5.4.III.B; 6.2.II and V; 6.3.II, III and IV Theme Theme 2: Development and Interaction of Cultures Skills for Basic Core Points Argumentation; Contextualization; Continuity and Change Over Time; Causation; Synthesis

2010 Comparative Essay Question
Analyze similarities and differences in methods of political control in TWO of the following empires in the Classical period. • Han China (206 B.C.E.–220 C.E.) • Mauryan/Gupta India (320 B.C.E.–550 C.E.) • Imperial Rome (31 B.C.E.–476 C.E.)

Revised Question
Analyze similarities and differences in techniques of imperial administration in TWO of the following empires. • Han China (206 B.C.E.–220 C.E.) • Mauryan/Gupta India (320 B.C.E.–550 C.E.) • Imperial Rome (31 B.C.E.–476 C.E.)

Rationale for Revision: By changing the wording of the original question from “methods of political control” to “techniques of imperial administration” the question aligns better with the Curriculum Framework (Key Concept 2.2.II.). Additionally, all three key concepts in Period 2 address various features of rule during the Han, Mauryan, and Roman empires.

Revised Question’s Alignment with the Curriculum Framework Key Concept 2.1.II.A, B and D; 2.2;...
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