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Title: General Review Tips

General Review Tips
  • Prioritize - Focus on topics/areas of weakness
  • Avoid trying to memorize too much - Review big
    picture concepts first, specific
    terms/name/events later
  • Look at old materials - Review in-class and
    reading notes, past essays tests, study
    materials from Fall final
  • Try different approaches - There is no best way
    to review (alone/group, on-line/book/flash cards,
    practice tests/packets it depends on your
    learning style try mixing it up).
  • Find a middle ground - Some review better than
    no review. Too much review is counterproductive.
  • Be positive You have learned a lot this year
    the AP exam is graded on a major curve.

AP Exam Multiple Choice Information
  • 55 minutes for 80 questions
  • Each question has 5 possible answers
  • Multiple Choice counts for ½ of total score
  • No points lost for wrong or skipped questions.
  • Questions get progressively more challenging.
  • BIG curve on multiple choice - Score over 40
    likely earns a 3 (passing score) over 50 likely
    earns a 4 and over 60 a 5.
  • Chronology of Questions
  • 16 (20) pre 1790 36 (45) 1790-1914 28 (35)
    1915 1990
  • Topic of Questions
  • 28 (35) Politics 28 (35) Social/Cultural 12
    (15) Foreign Policy 8 (10) Economics 4 (5)

AP Exam Essay Information
  • There is 1 DBQ essay you must write on and 4 FRQ
    prompts of which you must write on 2. You will
    be required to write one FRQ on a topic prior to
    1880 and one FRQ on a topic after that date.
  • 130 minutes (15 min reading period 45 min.
    suggested for DBQ 70 minutes for other 2 FRQs)
  • The 5 total essay prompts will range in their
    topics chronologically and thematically.
  • AP Essay Writing Tips
  • READ prompts multiple times
  • Brainstorm make a quick plan of attack
  • Introduction needs some brief background on big
    picture followed by an on-topic thesis
  • Body paragraphs need to BLEND details with
    analysis. (Facts explanations).
  • Grading is holistic no points taken away,
    just earned. If in doubt, make a guess.

A few AP US Exam review websites Time
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416.html Terms grouped by era http//www.mredm http//www.salemw General review
websites http//
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Brainstorm significant people, events, themes,
trends and/or ideas from 1877-1920
Key concepts to consider
  • Successes/Failures of Reconstruction
  • Why/how America industrialized during the late
    19th century how westward expansion tied into
    that (frontier thesis, land, Native Americans,
    wealth, technology, labor unions/issues, etc.)
  • Causes/consequences of immigration urbanization
  • How/why political change and progressive reforms
    gain momentum (regional/urban vs rural,
    muckrakers, reformers/presidents)
  • How/why the US foreign policy changes from

  • Compare and contrast the US foreign policy after
    the first world war and after the second world
    war. Consider the periods 1919-1928 and 1945-1950.

To what extent did the United States achieve the
objectives that led it to enter the First World
  • Historians have argued that Progressive reform
    lost momentum in the 1920s. Evaluate this
    statement with respect to TWO of the following
  • Regulation of business
  • Labor
  • Immigrants

  • 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 roles that women played in
    Progressive Era reforms from the 1880s through
    1920. Focus your essay on TWO of the following
  • Politics
  • Social conditions
  • Labor/working conditions

To what extent did the role of the federal
government change under President Theodore
Roosevelt in regards to TWO of the
following Labor Trusts Conservation World
  • 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

Analyze the extent to which the Spanish-American
War was a turning point in American foreign
Analyze the impacts of TWO of the following on
the American industrial worker between 1865
1900. Government Actions Immigration Labor
Unions Technological Changes
  • Compare and contrast the attitudes of TWO of the
    following toward the wealth that was created in
    the U.S. during the late 19th century.
  • Andrew Carnegie
  • Eugene Debs
  • Booker T. Washington
  • Ida Tarbell

  • How were the lives of the Plains Indians in the
    second half of the 19th century affected by
    technological developments and government actions?

  • From whom and to what extent was the American
    West a land of opportunity from 1865 to 1890?

  • Following Reconstruction, many southern leaders
    promoted the ideas 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
  • Economic Development
  • Politics
  • Race Relations

  • Evaluate the impact of the Civil War on political
    and economic developments in TWO of the following
  • The South
  • The North
  • The West
  • Focus your answers on the period between 1865 and

  • Describe the patterns of immigration in TWO of
    the periods listed below. Compare and contrast
    the responses of Americans to immigrants in these
  • 1820-1860
  • 1880-1924
  • 1965-2000