How to Master the Document-Based Essay Question on the AP U.S. History Exam


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How much does the document-baed question count towards your overall AP U.S. History exam score?

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1. Which list has steps in the proper order? (There may be steps omitted from the lists.)

2. The question asks 'The Post-classical era ended in 1500 and was replaced by the Renaissance. Compare and contrast the two eras.' How might you plan for this question?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The AP U.S. History (APUSH) exam consists of three sections, including the document-based question (DBQ). The quiz will test how well you understand what the DPQ involves and how to best prepare for it.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Review these materials to study the following topics:

  • Percentage of the total grade taken up by the DBQ
  • Steps to complete this section sucessfully
  • Tips for using the documents in the DBQ section
  • Features of a successful DBQ answer

Skills Practiced

The quiz and worksheet will help you practice these skills:

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about adequate prep time for the DBQ
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question what about what a successful DBQ response needs
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the steps you should take to tackle the DBQ section successfully

Additional Learning

If you want to learn more, check out the accompanying lesson titled How to Master the Document-Based Essay Question on the AP U.S. History Exam. This engaging video lesson will cover the following objectives:

  • Review the set up of the document-based question
  • Provide steps that will help you prepare to write the essay
  • Discuss tips on analyzing the provided documents
  • Explain helpful acronyms to remember how to properly review the materials
  • Show features of good essays