Ch 13: WEST History: American Imperialism

About This Chapter

Use these video lessons and self-assessment quizzes to enhance what you know about American imperialism. This is a topic you can expect to be tested on when taking the Washington Educator Skills Test (WEST) History exam.

WEST History: American Imperialism - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter are devoted to explaining what imperialism is and exploring the influence of American imperialism in U.S. history. The videos will relate examples of American imperialism to help you fully grasp the concept. Once you have reviewed these lessons, you should possess the following abilities and be prepared to answer relevant questions found on the WEST History exam:

  • Defining the term imperialism
  • Discussing factors that marked the beginning of American imperialism
  • Identifying a significant figure in the development of American imperialism
  • Summarizing events that led to and occurred during the Spanish-American War
  • Detailing the effects of American imperialism in China, Japan and Hawaii

These lessons provide visual aids and the ability to replay portions of the videos where you might benefit from further review. Take the quizzes as often as needed so that, on exam day, you can demonstrate proficiency in the material discussed in the lessons.

WEST History: American Imperialism Objectives

The WEST History exam will measure your knowledge of social studies concepts and U.S. and world history. The American Imperialism chapter focuses on how America began to expand its power and influence beyond its own borders. Questions regarding this topic are found in the third competency area of the test's first domain, which addresses U.S. history. The WEST History exam is taken on a computer and consists of 110 multiple-choice questions.

Beginning and established educators in Washington will take WEST exams for initial certification or to add endorsements to existing certificates. The basic exam covers reading, writing and mathematics, while endorsement exams are offered in various content areas ranging from agriculture to visual arts. The History exam is an endorsement assessment; as with other endorsement exams, a passing score of 240 is required.

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