Ap Exam Notes Essay

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The 2009 Advanced Placement U.S. History Exam

Section I
Multiple Choice--80 Questions--55 minutes--50% of grade
• To pass, one must correctly answer approximately 60% of questions
• 1/4 point deducted for each incorrect answer--guess only if at least one choice can be eliminated
• 1/6 of questions deal with U.S. history through 1789
• 1/2 of questions deal with 1790-1914
• 1/3 of questions deal with 1915-present

Section II
Three Essays--130 Minutes--50% of grade
Two Standard essays (27.5% each of Section II grade)
• Students will have to choose one of two in each instance
• Will not deal exclusively with the period after 1980
The Document-based essay (45% of Section II grade)
• 15 minutes to read documents
• 45 minutes to write essay

The required DBQ differs from the standard essays in its emphasis on the ability to analyze and synthesize historical data and assess verbal, quantitative or pictorial materials as historical evidence.

Although confined to no single format, the documents contained in the DBQ are unlikely to be the familiar classics (e.g. the Emancipation Proclamation or Declaration of Independence), but their authors may be major historical figures. The documents vary in length and are chosen to illustrate interaction and complexities within the material. The material will include--where the question is suitable--charts, graphs, cartoons and pictures, as well as written materials. In addition to calling upon a broad spectrum of…