Practice dbq: us foreign policy, 1930-1941



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PRACTICE DBQ: US FOREIGN POLICY, 1930-1941

The DBQ is a Document Based Question which requires you to write a clear, coherent essay of 4-5 paragraphs on a topic from a certain era of US History. Documents are furnished to help you organize your essay and provide facts and evidence to support your thesis. You must have a strong thesis, coherent development of your ideas, and many specific details to earn a high score. Do not limit yourself to items from the documents. You must show that you have knowledge of the period or era.

The foreign policy essay will be “open book.” If you have edition 13 of American Pageant, you will respond to the essay prompt on page A124, using the documents A-H on A124-126. Study Chapters 34 and 35 in the text. Write the essay in your own words, using no more than three brief quotes. Cite the documents with parenthetical references, such as: “War is not inevitable for this country.” (Doc. F) or by naming the person who made the quote, such as: Charles Lindbergh said, “War is not inevitable for this country.”

If you have edition 14 of American Pageant, you will respond to the essay prompt on page A99, using the documents A-H on A99-A101. Study Chapters 34 and 35. Write the essay in your own words, using no more than 3 brief quotes.



This DBQ will be either typed or hand-written, but it must be legible and clear in its expression. State a relevant thesis that directly addresses all parts of the question. Support the thesis with evidence from all, or all but one, of the documents. Incorporate analysis of all, or all but one, of the documents. Focus your analysis of the documents on at least one of the following: intended audience, purpose, historical context, and/or point of view. Connect historical phenomena relevant to your argument to broader events or processes.

This DBQ is worth 100 points.


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