AP Questions, 1980-2007 1
List of AP and AP-related questions from the past twenty-seven years. [Compiled by Steve Armstrong]
(Updated, May 14, 2007)
Questions labeled “AP” are Copyright © 1980-2005 College Entrance Examination Board and Educational Testing Service. All rights reserved.
The Colonial Period
The French and Indian War (1754-1763) altered the relationship between Britain and its North American colonies. Assess this change with regard to TWO of the following in the period between 1763 and 1775 • Land acquisition
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
• Economic development
Compare and contrast the ways in which economic development affected politics in Massachusetts and Virginia in the period from 1607 to 1750.
“Geography was the primary factor in shaping the development of the British colonies in North America.” Assess the validity of this statement for the 1600s.
In what ways did the French and Indian War (1754-63) alter the political, economic and ideological relations between Britain and its American colonies? Use the documents and your knowledge of the period 1740-1766 in constructing your response.
Compare the ways in which TWO of the following reflected tensions in colonial society. • Bacon’s Rebellion (1676)
• Pueblo Revolt (1680)
• Salem witchcraft trials (1692)
• Stono Rebellion (1739)
Compare the ways in which religion shaped the development of colonial society (to 1740) in TWO of the following regions:
• New England
• Middle Atlantic
Analyze the impact of the Atlantic trade routes established in the mid 1600s on the economic development in the British North American colonies. Consider the period 1650-1750.
How did the 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?
Analyze the cultural and economic responses of two of the following groups to the Indians of North America before 1750.
Analyze the extent to which religious freedom existed in the British North American colonies prior to 1700.
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 assemblies,  commerce,  religion
Analyze the ways in which TWO of the following influenced the development of American society. • Puritanism during the late seventeenth century
• he Great Awakening during the eighteenth century
• The Second Great Awakening during the nineteenth century
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.
AP Questions, 1980-2007 2
"Throughout the Colonial period, economic concerns had more to do with settling of British North America than did religious concerns." Assess the validity of this statement with specific reference to economic and religious concerns.
"Britain's wars for empire, far more than its mercantilist policies, dictated the economic fortunes of Britain's North American colonies in the eighteenth century." Assess the validity of this statement.
In the 17th century, New England puritans tried to create a model society. what were their aspirations, and to what extent were...
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