Month: May 2012

AP History Free Response Essays 20th century

Two of the most powerful forces for reform in America have always been the expansion of democracy and religion. Evaluate the role that each played in the major reform efforts of the early and mid-20th century. In your response you may want to consider the roles democracy and religion played (or didn’t play) in three of the following:
• Progressive Era
• New Deal
• New Frontier/Great Society
• Civil Rights Movement

Evaluate the role that grassroots activists and government laws and regulations played in the major liberal reform movements of the 20th century. In your response you may want to consider the roles ordinary people and government leaders played (or didn’t play) in three of the following:
• Progressive Era
• New Deal
• New Frontier/Great Society
• Civil Rights Movement

To what degree can the 1920s be called a decade of prosperity? Discuss with regard to two of the following:
• Women
• Industrial workers
• Farmers
• African Americans

Trace the impact of two of the following developments on American culture and society during the 20s
• The automobile
• Radio
• Movies

The Great Depression was the direct result of WWI and would not have occurred without the conflict.

To what degree did the First New Deal accomplish the three goals of reform, relief, and recovery?

Compare America’s response to the outbreak and course of European war between 1914 and 1917 and between 1939 and 1941.

To what degree did the Cold War policies of Dwight D. Eisenhower and John Foster Dulles represent a departure from those of the Truman administration?

To what degree did the Great Society represent a continuation of New Deal policies? Discuss with regard to two of the following three areas?
• Race relations
• Poverty
• Fiscal policy

Account for the rise and growth of the “New Right” between 1968 and 1988


AP History: Exam Review

Here are the Free Response questions that I have decided to focus on for our review session:

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 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.

Analyze the social, political, and economic forces of the 1840s and early 1850s that led
to the emergence of the Republican Party.

Explain why and how the role of the federal government changed as a result of the Civil with respect to TWO of the following during 1861-1877: Race relations, economic development, westward expansion

Below is a list free response questions from the last 10 or so AP exams.

UNA HI202 Final Exam

Choose 3 of the following to write on for the final exam: 20 pts. Each. You need to demonstrate that time and planning went into what you wrote. It should not sound like you are making up a paragraph one sentence at a time.

It started with a security guard discovering tape on a door and ended with President Nixon resigning in disgrace. Describe the events of the Watergate scandal that happened in between and how it made America lose faith in the presidency.

Describe Ronald Reagan’s efforts to jumpstart an economy that had stagnated in the 1970s with freezes in wages, inflation, rising gas prices, and the highest unemployment numbers since the Great Depression.

Describe Ronald Reagan’s attempts to curb communism in Latin American and the Middle East, the scandal that brought in both regions, and how he and Mikhail Gorbachev helped end the Cold War

Explain how an investigation into an Arkansas real estate deal led to the uncovering of the Lewinsky scandal, nearly ended a presidency, but never dropped the popularity of Bill Clinton.

The 2000 election was an ordeal of recounts, butterfly ballots and chads of the hanging, dimpled, and pregnant variety. Make some sense out of the weeks following the election and explain how the Supreme Court decided the election.