The College Board creates new, progressive view of advanced
placement in US History.http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/07/13/The-New-AP-US-History-Exam-Deal-or-No-Deal
(Not reported elsewhere. Why is that?)
Here is a practice test for AP History (advanced
placement) for high school graduates that informs high school
teachers what to teach.http://media.collegeboard.com/digitalServices/pdf/ap/ap-us-history-practice-exam.pdf
I'm not happy with it.
(Should this pdf be removed, I have have a copy and can send
to any who asks.)
Here are my comments:
I know who George Whitfield was. These questions
require the students to know the consensus of
the du jour (progressive) US history teachers’ views
of the affects brought about by George Whitfield.
The questions are subjective and the answers will
change on an annual basis.
People came to US in the 1840’s from Ireland because
of the potato famine. Are students not expected to know
any details about what accelerated immigration?
Where did immigration go after 1860 and why?
Question 7, in particular offers 4 wrong choices.
Q4 and Q5 are du jour progressive views.
These questions are gimme’s Forget the quote. Just say
“women’s rights” and ask the question and 98% of Americans
can just guess the correct answer.
Question 12 is another gimme
Question 13. The correct answer is a nuanced
answer that doesn't begin to describe the
significance or ask for an understanding
of the significance of ether Paine’s or
Warren’s quote is true about any two things and is a platitude.
No two things are equal. Why is this quote in this test.
Q14 actually asks if the student knows any facts about
the effects of Brown v BOE Topeka. This is one of the
first questions that is actually a good question.
Q15 “a growing belief” YIKES. This is du jour progressivism.
Q16 Since the the quote gives is true about any two things
whatsoever, how can this question be answered correctly?
The quote basically say there is no equality anywhere ever.
How can it be anything but nonsense. OOOPS. I see. Since
race is involved, B is the answer. I just put on my progressive
think hat and now I know.
Q17 Another excellent question that requires student to actually
know some history. I think it is now.
It is now 15-2 on irrelevant history versus relevant history.
Studying the Immigration Act of 1924 without also studying
the debate means we are judging the past by what we think today.
That is very poor historiography and y’all know it. This is propaganda.
Not only that, but any nation has the right to exclude anyone from
any nation based on whim only. You can argue that it is immoral, but
you have to explain why and what those who passed the law were thinking.
This is not a high school subject. A 5 lecture series in the whys,
hows, and wherefore of the 1924 Immigration Act would just barely present
the pros and cons. Do high school US History classes have an entire
school week to devote to such minutia? I doubt.
Q 21 is most profoundly negative and does not identify
either Truman's or Reagan's message. Both messages were
positive and uplifting. Q21 attempts to extract from
student the progressive view of what was wrong with those
If college and high school history teachers
wrote this question and offered the 4 choices, they have
no defense for their political views. A true academic
would have given four positive views that both where trying
to express. Neither Truman nor Reagan would respect the 4
choices offered by the "COLLEGE BOARD". Communication
today is a mystery to progressives. They find hate in
phrases of those with whom they disagree. This question
and an excellent example of the lack of ability to communicate
or understand by progressives. YIKES!
This question challenges students to chose what
Truman or Reagan hated. It is so very inappropriate.
I'm only on question 21. Should I go on?
Questions 24-26 based on a picture
are dumb. Any who has not seen picture is guessing.
Was picture taken in India, Mexico, Haiti, Cuba?
Questions 24, 25 and 26 are not legitimate.
John Muir on Hetch Hetchy - he only engaged after the
valley was targeted. He engaged as a politician and
well know environmentalist - not an economist. Nowhere
in the AP Example Test are Muir's political views or
remunerations acknowledged. BAD FORM. Muir might
very well be right and many or even most Americans
would support him TODAY. However, in Muir’s day
few did as represented by the very existence of Hetch Hetchy
[Judging past actions by today's standards seems
endemic in today’s progressives.]
Question 29 is an example of subjective views owned
by progressive college and high school teachers that
they want projected onto all students. They provide and
can provide zero statistics that prove their assertions.
They beg the question in the questions.
Questions 30-33 based on GW's (George Washington's)
GW had profound knowledge of government history and
recommended USA stay out of European political intrigue.
Questions ask students to apply armchair quarterbacking
to post revolutionary times. Such analysis is obviously
opinion, subjective and political. AP History should be about
understanding what went on at the time, not how Benjamin
Franklin's words apply to a very much more complex situation
in 1917 where, not even the authors of this test can
present a coherent response.
[Judging past actions by today's standards seems
endemic in today’s progressives.]
Question 35 is a telltale question. If the answer
is (B), then the political agenda of this test is proven
Question 37 is idiotic. It offers 4 choices, none
of which is an accurate and truthful response to the question.
Question 38 has an obvious answer that is not represented
in any of the choices
Question 39 is mysticism/nonsense. I would very much
like to hear the detailed explanation of the answer
from the anointed college and high school
teachers that created the question and KNOW the unquestioned
Questions 40-42 - John C. Calhoun
John C. Calhoun is a real study. No lightweight questions
about his views are authoritative including any "COLLEGE
BOARD" question - college and high school history
teachers notwithstanding. This question is inherently
a lightweight question requiring only a political
(uninformed) and scripted answer to do well on this test.
Question 41 demonstrates that the authors of this
test really do not understand slavery. They
have an agenda to project their current emotional/political
views on the past. Hint, most of humanity in
the early 1800's understood 'science (e.g.
global warming) to mean that Negros were
inferior to Whites. That was the science
of Calhoun's day. If 'ap history' will not address,
then it is pure propaganda.
Complete mystery to me. Never heard of this guy.
"Carl Schurz, Report on the Condition of the South, 1865"
Who is Schurz?http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Schurz
No high school teacher in America knows about this
guy and his history unless I threaten to ask him. This
is, perhaps the dumbest, most irrelevant question
on this test SO FAR!
Answers to these two are way beyond subjective. They are
But they are all gimme questions where if you
are a progressive/lemming, you can just guess the correct
answer without any detailed knowledge.
END OF PART A (first 55 minutes of 1 hour 30 minutes)
[Should I do part B - the other 35 minutes? I can’t find
the answers to the practice exam so I cannot grade myself
on my progressive knowledge. Woe is me.]
I haven't found out where the answers to this practice
exam are so I don't know how to fully judge the exam.
My views are expressed above.
It seems this AP History exam is guided by progressive
teachers (both college and high school) that demonstrate
not much knowledge about what is unique about America.
I doubt seriously, if I walked into any college US History
classroom or any high school US History classroom and
challenged on the spot the lecturer to take and pass this test
with 90% proficiency (a requirement of mine for any person
to teach, any one of them could pass it.
Parents of high school and college kids. Print
this test out. Take it to your high school parent-teacher's
night and challenge in public that US History teacher to pass
I started studying US History in great detail about 15 years
ago. I've read Zinn, Paul Johnson, Shelby Foote, Gustavus
Myers, Hayek, Friedman, Samuelson and more. I’ve read left,
right, central and anything that purports to present
history. I recognize very
little in this practice exam.
My guess is the reason why I don't recognize anything, is because the
"COLLEGE BOARD" is trying to change American history studies.
They want students to focus on these issues which were not
only insignificant during their contemporary habitation, but
It this AP History exam does not have a propaganda
agenda, then neither did any Goebbels' publications.