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NOTE: The SAT Subject Test remains 90 Multiple Choice in One Hour!

The format of the AP US History exam changed in the 2014-15 school year. The new test features more document analysis, and the connection of themes throughout United States History. There are two sections, which include four separate tasks you need to address. The following pages reflect other changes that were made in the summer of 2017.


Section I, Part A — 55 multiple choice questions in 55 minutes.

Unlike the SAT Subject Test, there are only four choices, and the questions are based on documents. This section will count for 40% of your grade. See the document style multiple choice within each chapter of No Bull Review.

Section I, Part B — Three Short Answer questions in 40 minutes.

These require brief written answers, not in full essay format. The following pages contain 20 examples of this type of question. The short answers will challenge you to analyze primary and secondary sources, or ask you to select ONE, or TWO of the things you know the most about regarding the major themes of the course. This section will count for 20% of your grade.

Section II, DBQ and Long Essay in 1 hour 40 minutes (60 minute DBQ, and 40 minute Long Essay).

You will be given a Document Based Question essay and a standard Long Essay. Both will be explained in the following pages. The DBQ makes up 25% of your grade, and the Long Essay is worth 15%.






Some of the topics which are covered in the 9 time periods include:
Period 1, 1491-1607 (5% of Exam) — Conquest of Native America by Europeans, and the beginning of the
Transatlantic Slave Trade.

Period 2, 1607-1754 — Emergence of colonial societies, and interactions with Native Americans.
Settlements such as Jamestown and Virginia emerge.

Period 3, 1754-1800 — The French and Indian War, causes and events of the Revolutionary
War, and emergence of the new United States.

Period 4, 1800-1848 — The New Republic, economic and population changes, and manifest destiny.

Period 5, 1844-1877 — Causes of the Civil War, Civil War, and Reconstruction.

Period 6, 1865-1898 — Industrialization, Populism, unionization, and plight of Native
Americans in the West.

Period 7, 1890-1945 — The Progressive Era and the Great Depression at home. In addition,
imperialism, and two World Wars abroad are addressed.

Period 8, 1945-1980 — Civil Rights and social changes at home. Foreign affairs include the
Cold War, Korean War, and Vietnam War.

Period 9, 1980-Present (5% of the Exam) — Social issues such as immigration and individual rights at home, and
the end of the Cold War and War on Terror abroad. 



All of the questions on the test will reflect one of the following thematic learning objectives:

American and National Identity - Understanding the development of American and national identity and values. This includes expression concerning citizenship, assimilation, and American exceptionalism. In addition, American intervention in world conflict has affected identity. Also, one must understand Constitutional interpretation and struggles for rights.

Politics and Power - The impact that social and political groups have on society and government, and how political beliefs evolved. This theme includes the emergence and development of political parties, actions of reformers, and the fluctuating extent of federal intervention in daily life.

Work, Exchange, and Technology - Economic exchange and interactions regarding agriculture, manufacturing, trade, as well as the impact of technological innovation. This theme includes the issue of labor systems, and the rights of workers. Furthermore, one must understand how the government responded to changes in the economy.

Culture and Society - Philosophy, religion, art, scientific achievement, and literature shape individuals and society. This theme includes the Great Awakenings, transcendentalism, women’s rights and gender roles, and the Enlightenment principles which the government was founded on. It’s important to note how cultural identities continued or changed over time.

Migration and Settlement - Understanding the causes and effects of world immigration, as well as people moving within the United States. This theme includes internal migrations such as the Great Migration, and the waves of immigration on the United States. It’s important to understand how people adapted to new settlement.

Geography and the Environment - The impact that natural surroundings and competition for resources have on both people and history. This theme includes the Columbian Exchange, and impact of the Appalachians, Atlantic Ocean, and regional differences between North and South. Furthermore, one must consider the human effect on geography.

America in the World - Foreign policy and world influence. This theme includes interactions of world empires in colonial times, as well as concepts such as neutrality, economic development, imperialism, and global war.




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