FREE RESPONSE QUESTIONS FROM THE AP U. S. HISTORY TEST, 1993-present
Analyze the origins and development of slavery in Britain’s North American colonies I the period 1607 to 1776
Compare and contrast the ways that many Americans expressed their opposition to immigrants in the 1840s—1850s with the ways that many Americans expressed their opposition to immigrants in the 1910s—1920s.
To what extent did political parties contribute to the development of national unity in the United States between 1790 and 1840.
African American leaders have responded to racial discrimination in the United States in a variety of ways. Compare and contrast the goals and strategies of African American leaders in the 1890s—1920s with the goals and strategies of African American leaders in the 1950s—1960s.
Analyze the political, diplomatic, and military reasons for the United States victory in the Revolutionary War. Confine your answer to the period 1775-1783.
Analyze the roles that women played in Progressive Era reforms from the 1880s through 1920. Focus your essay on TWO of the following.
Labor and working conditions
Analyze the ways in which controversy over the extension of slavery into western territories contributed to the coming of the Civil War. Confine your answer to the period 1845-1861.
Explain the causes and consequences of TWO of the following population movements in the United States during the period 1945-1985.
The growth of the Sun Belt
Immigration to the United States
Analyze the ways in which British imperial policies between 1763 and 1776 intensified colonials’ resistance to British rule and their commitment to republican values.
Choose TWO of the following organizations and explain their strategies for advancing the interests of workers. To what extent were these organizations successful in achieving their objectives? Confine your answer to the period from 1875 to 1925.
Knights of Labor
American Federation of Labor
Socialist Party of America
Industrial Workers of the World
Analyze the social, political, and economic forces of the 1840s and early 1850s that led to the emergence of the Republican Party.
Analyze the home-front experiences of TWO of the following groups during the Second World War.
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 York and New France
Following Reconstruction, many southern leaders promoted the idea of a “New South.” To what extent was this “New South” a reality by the time of the First World War? In your answer be sure to address TWO of the following.
To what extent did the role of the federal government change under President Theodore Roosevelt in regard to TWO of the following:
In what ways did the Second Great Awakening in the North influence TWO of the following?
The cult of domesticity
“Landslide presidential victories do not ensure continued political effectiveness or legislative success.” Assess the validity of this statement by comparing TWO of the following presidential administrations.
Franklin Roosevelt (1936)
Lyndon Johnson (1964)
Richard Nixon (1972)
Ronald Reagan (1984)
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:
Historians have argued that Progressive reform lost momentum in the 1920’s. Evaluate this statement with respect to TWO of the following.
Regulation of business
Explain why and how the role of the federal government changed as a result of the Civil War with respect to TWO of the following during the period 1861-1877:
While the United States appeared to be dominated by consensus and conformity in the 1950’s, some Americans reacted against the status quo. Analyze the critiques of United States society made by TWO of the following.
Civil Rights Activists
Compare and contrast the ways in which economic development affected politics in Massachusetts and Virginia in the period from 1607 to 1750.
Describe the patterns of immigration in TWO of the periods listed below. Compare and contrast the responses of Americans to immigrants in these periods.
1820 to 1860
1880 to 1924
1965 to 2000
To what extent did the debates about the Mexican War and its aftermath reflect the sectional interests of New Englanders, westerners, and southerners in the period from 1845 to 1855?
Analyze the extent to which TWO of the following transformed American society in the 1960s and 1970s.
The Civil Rights movement
The Antiwar movement
The women’s movement
Analyze the impact of the American Revolution on both slavery and the status of women in the period from 1776-1800.
Compare and contrast the programs and policies designed by reformers of the Progressive era to those designed by reformers of the New Deal period. Confine your answer to programs and policies that addressed the needs of those living in poverty.
Analyze the effectiveness of political compromise in reducing sectional tensions in the period 1820 to 1863.
Analyze the successes and failures of the United States Cold War policy of containment as it developed in TWO of the following regions of the world during the period 1945 to 1975.
East and Southeast Asia
Evaluate the extent to which the Articles of Confederation were effective in solving the problems that confronted the new nation.
Evaluate the impact of the Civil War on political and economic developments in TWO of the following regions.
Focus your answer on the period between 1865 and 1900.
In what ways did developments in transportation bring about economic and social change in the United States in the period 1820 to 1860?
Compare and contrast United States society in the 1920s and 1950s with respect to TWO of the following: