Modified Essay Questions for Exam Practice
This document provides modifications of the AP World History Comparative and Continuity and Change-Over-Time (CCOT) essay questions from the 2002 to the 2010 operational exams. The modified questions provide examples of essay questions that align more closely with the Curriculum Framework for the revised course as of the 2011-12 academic year. The accompanying rationale for each question explains the revisions.
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Analyze continuities and changes along the Silk Roads from 200 B.C.E. to 1450 C.E.
Rationale for Revision: Removing the phrase “patterns of interactions” broadens the revised question. The resulting question allows students to demonstrate what they know about the Silk Roads, which, following the Curriculum Framework, ought to be, at least, climate, trade patterns and cities, as well as the ethnicity of those who lived along the Silk Roads and the technology that they used. Teachers who focus on one area of these more than another would therefore not have their students disadvantaged since the students would be able to discuss the continuities and changes that they know.
Revised Question’s Alignment with the Curriculum Framework
Key Concept 2.3.I.A; 3.1.I.A Theme Theme 1: Interaction Between Humans and the Environment Theme 2: Development and Interaction of Cultures Theme 3: State-Building, Expansion and Conflict Theme 4: Creation, Expansion and Interaction of Economic Systems Theme 5: Development and Transfer of Social Structures Skills for Basic Core Points Argumentation; Contextualization; Continuity and Change Over Time; Causation; Synthesis