Unit Test Review
AP Exam Review: Multiple Choice Section
As you can see on the right, the multiple choice section only makes up 40% of the exam, however it is an important part of the assessment and shows what you know about the most important concepts of world history.
Keep in mind that your old multiple choice skills need to be revamped! These questions are set up to test your historical reasoning skills and are not like what you're used to. Check out my guide on how to answer these questions at the blog.
Below are some examples of what you're used to and what you'll encounter:
Example “traditional” World History multiple choice question:
1. When was World War I?
Example AP World History multiple choice question. This is called “stimulus response.”
“We know that the prosperity of the Netherlands and the welfare of their inhabitants depends principally on navigation and trade, and we find by experience that without the common help, assistance, and interposition of a General Company, Dutch merchants cannot be profitably protected and maintained in their great risk from pirates, extortion, and otherwise, which will happen in so very long a voyage. We have found it good that navigation, trade, and commerce in the West Indies and Africa should not henceforth be carried on any otherwise than by the common united strength of the merchants and inhabitants of the Netherlands. And for that end there shall be erected one General Company.
Moreover, we furnish the General Company with a proper charter and with the following privileges and exemptions, namely that for 24 years none of the natives or inhabitants of the Netherlands who are not affiliated with the General Company shall be permitted to sail to the Americas or the West Indies.” -Charter of the Dutch West India Company, 1621
1. The risks mentioned in the first paragraph are best understood in the context of which of the following historical developments?
A. Competition with African states for the profits from the slave trade
B. Competition with Catholic European states to convert Amerindian peoples
C. Competition with European states for the profits of global trade
D. Competition with Asian empires for the profits of the spice trade
2. Organizations of the type created by the charter most directly contributed to which of the following developments in the period 1450-1750 C.E?
A. An increase in peasant revolts
B. The emergence of new economic and political elites
C. The implementation of restrictions on religious freedom
D. The spread of Chinese and Indian technologies
3. The economic activities referenced in the charter most directly contributed to which of the following in the period 1450-1750 C.E.?
A. A decrease in the publication of travel narratives
B. Increased funding for the visual and performing arts
C. Decreased spending on the construction of religious centers
D. Dutch becoming the predominant language for commercial transactions
Answers: 1. C 2. D 3. B
Remember that E is never the answer.
Mr. Freeman over at Freeman-pedia has an awesome resource to help in preparing for the AP Exam. His section on the MC section includes some materials I will include from class from the College Board: