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May 17, 2010

Wisdom from the flower of today's American youth

"U.S. AP [Advanced Placement] History Bloopers and Funnies". (Courtesy of my wife.)

Question 1 (DBQ)
From 1775 to 1830, many African-Americans gained freedom from slavery, yet during the same period the institution of slavery expanded.  Explain why BOTH of these changes took place.  Analyze the ways that BOTH free African-Americans and enslaved African-Americans responded to the challenges confronting them.

- A large number of slaves came to America looking for work.

- After the Emancipation Proclamation, slavery grew faster than ever.

- African-Americans were forced into slavery, even after slavery was abolished. This was very frustrating.

- Slavery was disallowed north of the Winn-Dixie Line.

- During this time, blacks had to live in ghettos and ride on the back of the bus.
- Many blacks feared they would be lynched and then sent back to work on a plantation.
Question 3
Analyze the social, political, and economic forces of the 1840’s and early 1850’s that led to the emergence of the Republican Party.
- Most Republicans opposed George Washington, leading to his eventual assassination.

- The economy of the 1840's was well off, mainly because of the auto industry.

- Transcendentalists wanted to control the intercontinental railroad industry.
Question 5
Analyze the home front experiences of TWO of the following groups during the Second World War.
    African Americans  Japanese Americans
    Jewish Americans   Mexican Americans
- What the hell is a homefront?

- Japanese Americans were rounded up and put in internet camps.

- Jews wanted to come to America for a better life. This is why Eisenhower came through Ellis Island during World War II.

- The Japanese were put in concentration camps, so we could concentrate on them.

- Hitler was a total Nazi!

- Harry Truman integrated the Army when he passed the 13th Amendment.

- Jewish Americans experienced widespread anti-Sentimentalism.

- The Japs bombed Pearl Harbor and were all like, 'We all that,' and we were all like 'Oh noes you didn't!' 


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At least the last student got the gist of it right.


I'm kinda anti sentimentalism myself.

BTW, what the hell is a DBQ? Is it the symbol for the decibecquerel, an SI unit of radioactivity equal to 10 becquerels?



DBQ stands for Document Based Question. There would have been a primary source document that the students would have to read and use for their response to the question.


A DBQ is a document-based question where students use source documents to address the question. It is standard in AP history tests which allow college credit to granduating high-school students.

Ian Monroe

The answers to the first one are scary since they show a lack of knowledge of the basic timeline of US history. And these are students who just completed a class in US history.

But some of the last ones made me laugh. Probably students pressed for time who didn't want to leave something blank.

"What the hell is a homefront?"

who hasn't been there? :D

D. Watson

These may be the flower, but they don't have an anther.

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