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๐Ÿ“„ While you can't predict which documents will be on the final exam, if you practice analyzing documents for the multiple-choice, short answer, and DBQ questions, you'll be able to analyze whatever the test throws at you. In this article, I'll introduce how to analyze documents and link some documents that have been used on past exams that you can practice analyzing, along with a list of other documents you can look at.

๐Ÿ“Œ Intro to Analyzing

๐Ÿ“š When analyzing these documents, make note of the document'sย 

ย  ย  ย  ย  ย ๐Ÿ““Historical context
ย  ย  ย  ย  ย ๐Ÿ‘ชIntended audience
ย  ย  ย  ย  ย ๐Ÿ“Purpose
ย  ย  ย  ย  ย ๐Ÿ‘€Point of view
ย  ย  ย  ย  ย ๐Ÿ“„Other relevant information

๐Ÿ’กThese things can help you to earn points on the DBQ and lead you to the correct answer for multiple-choice and short answer questions.

๐Ÿ“Œ Resources/Documents to Analyze

โœ๏ธ All past essay prompts organized by period. Click on past DBQs to analyze documents from them.

  • Once you analyze past DBQ documents, google The College Board's scoring guide for that year's prompt. In the middle of the scoring guide, you will find a breakdown of each document. Compare your answers with this; checking and fixing your answer is key to getting better at analyzing documents!
  • Make sure you practice DBQs from multiple time periods to review for the exam.

๐Ÿ”‘ ย Tip for approaching documents.

๐Ÿ““ College Board's 2017 course review materials. Go to page 5 to practice document based multiple-choice questions.

๐Ÿ“˜ Here are some documents that I remember seeing while taking APUSH:

  • Washington's farewell address
  • Abigail Adam's letters
  • Picture of the Boston Massacre
  • Ben Franklin's "join or die" political cartoon
  • Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle"
  • Muckraker cartoon from the 2018 Short Answer
  • Spanish-American War political cartoon
  • Big Sister Policy political cartoons
  • Thomas Nast political cartoons
  • Lots of political cartoons. These can be tricky, so I recommend googling a variety of APUSH political cartoons, analyzing their meaning and other components listed above, and then checking your answers by looking up their meaning online and discussing it with others.

๐Ÿ‘‰ While this is not a complete list by any means, these are examples of the kinds of sources you will see throughout the class and on the exam. So analyzing these documents and then using google, The College Board, or even a study group to check your answers, is a great way to prepare for exams.

๐Ÿ“Remember to always check your answers when you practice using documents for multiple-choice or analyzing them for essay questions! Practicing without checking your answers is pointless!

๐Ÿ‘ I know that this is a lot to take in, and not knowing what documents will be on the exam is stressful, but remember that once you get comfortable analyzing documents, you'll be able to handle whatever is on the exam. With practice analyzing a variety of documents, you will get good at using them on any test. You can do it!ย 

๐Ÿ˜Š Good luck this year and have fun studying history! ๐Ÿ’›

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