Writing lab one: Early Colonial Era b block essay outline exercise



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AP US WRITING LAB QUESTIONS, 2005-2006

WRITING LAB ONE: Early Colonial Era
B Block essay outline exercise (see WL One description on webpage)

“How and why did religion and government interact in seventeenth century America?”


C Block essay outline exercise (see WL One description on webpage)

“How and why did religion and government interact in seventeenth century America?”



F Block essay outline exercise (see WL One description on webpage)

“How and why did religion and government interact in seventeenth century America?”



WRITING LAB TWO: Pre-Revolutionary Era
B Block: The question below is based in part on the “Free Response” portion of the 1984 Advanced Placement Exam.
“American Revolutionary ideals of economic, political, and religious freedom of opportunity were already present in the experience of America’s colonial period.”
Assess the validity of this statement.
C Block: (DBQ—Mr. Bryant 2005):

“Analyze the factors which transformed American perceptions of their relationship to the British Crown during the late Colonial era.”


Use the documents and your knowledge of the period 1750- 1776 to construct your essay.
F Block: (DBQ—Mr. Bryant 2005):

“Analyze the factors which transformed American perceptions of their relationship to the British Crown during the late Colonial era.”


Use the documents and your knowledge of the period 1750- 1776 to construct your essay.
WRITING LAB THREE: Constitutional Era

B Block: (DBQ): The question below is taken from the documents based question from the 1985 Advanced Placement Exam:
“From 1781 to 1789, the Articles of Confederation provided the United States with an effective government.” Using the documents and your knowledge of the period, evaluate the statement.
C Block essay:

“Let it stand as a principle that government originates from the people; but let the people be taught… that they are not able to govern themselves.” – Jeremy Bellknap


In light of your knowledge of the political struggles between 1783 and 1791, to what degree does Bellknap’s quote reflect the political struggles to form a new constitution?
F Block essay:

“Let it stand as a principle that government originates from the people; but let the people be taught… that they are not able to govern themselves.” – Jeremy Bellknap


In light of your knowledge of the political struggles between 1783 and 1791, to what degree does Bellknap’s quote reflect the political struggles to form a new constitution?
WRITING LAB FOUR: Federal/Jeffersonian Era

B Block essay:

“Hence, it clearly appears that the same advantage which a republic has over a democracy in controlling the effects of faction is enjoyed by a large over a small republic—is enjoyed by the Union over the States composing it.” (James Madison in Federalist #10)


Evaluate this statement in light of your understanding of the political disputes during Federal period (1789-1801)
C Block: (DBQ- Mr. Bryant, 1998):

“Although Jefferson and Hamilton fought bitterly over issues of constitutional interpretation during the 1790’s, once in office the Jeffersonian Republicans out-federalized the Federalists.”


Assess the validity of this statement in the light of your knowledge of the political struggles between 1790 and 1825.
F Block: (DBQ): The question below is taken from the documents based question from the [1998] Advanced Placement Exam:
“With respect to the federal constitution, the Jeffersonian Republicans are usually characterized as strict constructionists who were opposed to the broad constructionism of the Federalists. To what extent was that characterization of the two parties accurate during the presidencies of Jefferson and Madison?”
In writing your answer, use the documents and your knowledge of the period 1801-1817.
WRITING LAB FIVE: Jacksonian Era

B Block: (DBQ- Mr. Bryant, 2002):

“The abolitionist movements of the 1830’s spawned a wave of reform movements in the 1840’s that ultimately transformed American society.”


Assess the validity of this statement, in the light of your knowledge of the social and political confrontations between 1820 and 1860.

C Block: (DBQ): The question below is taken from the documents based question from the 2002 Advanced Placement Exam:

“Reform movements in the United States sought to expad democratic ideals.” Use the following documents and your knowledge of the period 1825-1850 in constructing your response.


F Block: (DBQ): The question below is taken from the documents based question from the 1990 Advanced Placement Exam:
“Jacksonian Democrats viewed themselves as the guardians of the United States Constitution, political democracy, individual liberty, and equality of economic opportunity.”
In light of the following documents and your knowledge of the 1820’s and 1830’s, to what extent do you agree with the Jacksonians view of themselves?
WRITING LAB SIX: Pre-Civil War Era

B Block: (DBQ): The question below is taken from the documents based question from the 1987 Advanced Placement Exam:
“By the 1850’s the Constitution, originally framed as an instrument of national unity, had become a source of sectional discord and tension and ultimately contributed to the failure of the union it had created.”
Using the documents and your knowledge of the period 1850-1861, assess the validity of this statement.
C Block: (DBQ): The question below is taken from the documents based question from the 1982 Advanced Placement Exam:
“John Brown’s raid on the federal armory at Harper’s Ferry, Virginia, in October 1859, involved only a handful of abolitionists, freed no slaves, and was over in two days. Although many Northerners condemned the raid, by 1863 John Brown had become a hero and martyr in the North.
To what extent and in what ways do the views about John Brown expressed in the documents illustrate changing North-South relations between 1859 and 1863?
F Block: (DBQ): The question below is taken from the documents based question from the 1982 Advanced Placement Exam:
“John Brown’s raid on the federal armory at Harper’s Ferry, Virginia, in October 1859, involved only a handful of abolitionists, freed no slaves, and was over in two days. Although many Northerners condemned the raid, by 1863 John Brown had become a hero and martyr in the North.
To what extent and in what ways do the views about John Brown expressed in the documents illustrate changing North-South relations between 1859 and 1863?
WRITING LAB SEVEN: Civil War and Reconstruction
B Block Essay:

The Civil War destroyed the institution of slavery in the Southern states. However, the Reconstruction Period (1865-1877) that followed failed to achieve its promise. How and why did Reconstruction fail to bring social and economic equality of opportunity to the former slaves?


C Block: (DBQ) The question below is taken from the documents based question from the 1996 Advanced Placement Exam:

“In what ways and to what extent did constitutional and social developments between 1860 and 1877 amount to a revolution?”


Use the documents and your knowledge of the period from 1860-1877 to answer the question.

F Block: (DBQ) The question below is taken from the documents based question from the 1996 Advanced Placement Exam:
“In what ways and to what extent did constitutional and social developments between 1860 and 1877 amount to a revolution?”
Use the documents and your knowledge of the period from 1860-1877 to answer the question.

WRITING LAB EIGHT: Industrialization, Immigration, and Urbanization

B Block Essay:

Immigration, the factory (industrialization), and the city (urbanization) were the most powerful forces shaping America between 1865 and 1914. Rank these three factors in order of their importance in shaping America during this period. Support your rankings by drawing on material from Degler and your textbook.



C Block Essay:

Immigration, the factory (industrialization), and the city (urbanization) were the most powerful forces shaping America between 1865 and 1914. Rank these three factors in order of their importance in shaping America during this period. Support your rankings by drawing on material from Degler and your textbook.


F Block Essay:

Immigration, the factory (industrialization), and the city (urbanization) were the most powerful forces shaping America between 1865 and 1914. Rank these three factors in order of their importance in shaping America during this period. Support your rankings by drawing on material from Degler and your textbook.


WRITING LAB NINE: Populism
B Block Essay (taken from the DBQ on the 1985 AP US exam):

“Documents A-H reveal some of the problems that many farmers in the late nineteenth century (1880-1900) saw as threats to their way of life. Using the documents and your knowledge of the period, (a) explain the reasons for agrarian discontent and (b) evaluate the validity of the farmers’ complaints.”


C Block Essay:

“Documents A-H reveal some of the problems that many farmers in the late nineteenth century (1880-1900) saw as threats to their way of life. Using the documents and your knowledge of the period, (a) explain the reasons for agrarian discontent and (b) evaluate the validity of the farmers’ complaints.”


F Block Essay:

“Documents A-H reveal some of the problems that many farmers in the late nineteenth century (1880-1900) saw as threats to their way of life. Using the documents and your knowledge of the period, (a) explain the reasons for agrarian discontent and (b) evaluate the validity of the farmers’ complaints.”


WRITING LAB TEN: Progressivism
B Block Essay (Mr. Bryant, 2003):

“The Progressive movement [of the late 19th and erly 20th centuries] was distinguished almost as much by what it conserved as by what it introduced.”

Assess the validity of this statement, in the light of your knowledge of political, social, and economic changes between 1890 and 1920.
C Block Essay (Mr. Bryant, 2004):

“The Progressive Movement was distinguished almost as much by what it conserved as by what it introduced.”

Assess the validity of this statement, in the light of your knowledge of political, social, and economic changes between 1890 and 1920.
F Block Essay (Mr. Bryant, 2004):

“The Progressive Movement was distinguished almost as much by what it conserved as by what it introduced.”

Assess the validity of this statement, in the light of your knowledge of political, social, and economic changes between 1890 and 1920.
WRITING LAB ELEVEN: Term Paper Exercise

http://www.ea1785.org/drum/US/Bryant/APUSHistoryPagepub/APUSHistoryWebpage.htm
WRITING LAB TWELVE: FDR and the New Deal
B Block Essay (taken from the DBQ on the 1984 AP US exam):

“President Franklin D. Roosevelt is commonly thought of as a liberal and President Herbert C. Hoover as a conservative. To what extent are these characterizations valid?”


C Block Essay (taken from the DBQ on the 1984 AP US exam):

“President Franklin D. Roosevelt is commonly thought of as a liberal and President Herbert C. Hoover as a conservative. To what extent are these characterizations valid?”


F Block Essay (taken from the DBQ on the 2003 AP US exam):

“Analyze the responses of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration to the problems of the Great Depression. How effective were these responses? How did they change the role of the federal government?”


WRITING LAB THIRTEEN: Term Paper Exercise

http://www.ea1785.org/drum/US/Bryant/APUSHistoryPagepub/WritingLabs/WritingLabThirteengradingrubric.doc
WRITING LAB FOURTEEN: Women (2006 DBQ Topic)

B Block Essay (taken from the DBQ on the 1997 AP US exam):

“To what extent did economic and political developments as well as assumptions about the nature of women affect the position of American women during the period 1890-1925?


C Block Essay (Mr. Bryant, 1997):

“Building on one of the strengths of the nineteenth-century notion of ‘women’s sphere’—its social activism on behalf of the rights and interests of women and children—[women] represented those rights and interests innovatively and effectively.”

Assess the validity of the above statement regarding women’s participation in the political arena from 1870 to 1920.
F Block Essay (Mr. Bryant, 1996):

“Building on one of the strengths of the nineteenth-century notion of ‘women’s sphere’—its social activism on behalf of the rights and interests of women and children—[women] represented those rights and interests innovatively and effectively.”

Assess the validity of the above statement regarding women’s participation in the political arena from 1848 to 1900.

WRITING LAB FIFTEEN: Cold War
B Block Essay (taken from the DBQ on the 2001 AP US exam):

“What were the Cold War fears of the American people in the aftermath of the Second World War? How successfully did the administration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower address these fears?” Use the documents and your knowledge of the years 1948-1961 to construct your response.


C Block Essay (Mr. Bryant, 2001):

“Despite the excesses of McCarthyism, government suppression of civil liberties during the Cold War was justified by real threats of espionage, spread of communism, and nuclear war.” Assess the validity of this statement, in the light of your knowledge of the political and diplomatic confrontations between 1945 and 1960.


F Block Essay (taken from the DBQ on the 2001 AP US exam):

“What were the Cold War fears of the American people in the aftermath of the Second World War? How successfully did the administration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower address these fears?” Use the documents and your knowledge of the years 1948-1961 to construct your response.


WRITING LAB SIXTEEN: Create your own DBQ Exercise

http://www.ea1785.org/drum/US/Bryant/APUSHistoryPagepub/CreateDBQ/Construct%20Your%20Own%20DBQ%20Exercise.doc


WRITING LAB SEVENTEEN: Practice AP Exam DBQ’s
B Block Essay: (Isolationism: modified from question by Rachel Vass)

http://www.ea1785.org/drum/US/Bryant/APUSHistoryPagepub/CourseInfo/CBIsolationismDBQ.doc

The advent of World War II dramatically changed US policy towards the rest of the World, in a way that was not evident prior to US entry into the War.” Assess the validity of this statement.


C Block Essay (Progressivism: modified from question by Teresa Giblin):

http://www.ea1785.org/drum/US/Bryant/APUSHistoryPagepub/CourseInfo/CBProgressivismPracticeDBQ.doc
“Progressivism was essentially a conservative movement rooted in reforms of the late nineteenth century, which failed to substantially alter American society.” Assess the validity of this statement.
F Block Essay (Watergate: created by Cliff Satell):

http://www.ea1785.org/drum/US/Bryant/APUSHistoryPagepub/CourseInfo/CSWatergateDBQ.doc

“The Watergate affair proved to be the culminating event that ended the dominance of the executive branch, and led to ‘increased level of cynicism about politics’”. (http://www.watergate.info/aftermath/)


Asses the validity of this statement using the documents and your knowledge of the period from 1968-1975 to construct your essay.
WRITING LAB EIGHTEEN: Term Paper Reports

http://www.ea1785.org/drum/US/Bryant/APUSHistoryPagepub/WritingLabs/WritingLabEighteengradingrubric.doc
WRITING LAB NINETEEN: DBQ Review Exercise

http://www.ea1785.org/drum/US/Bryant/APUSHistoryPagepub/WritingLabs/WritingLabNineteengradingrubric.doc


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