Exam Questions and Scoring Information
For free-response questions from prior exams, along with scoring information, check out the tables below. Please note that these questions do not reflect the format of the 2018 exam, as they date from the 2015 to 2017 exam administrations. Similar resources for the 2018 exam will be available after the exam administration in May 2018.
Past exam questions from the May 2014 administrations and before are also available. Note that these questions do not reflect the content, scope, or design specifications of the initial redesigned AP U.S. History Exam.
Be sure to review the Chief Reader Report. In this invaluable resource, the Chief Reader of the AP Exam compiles feedback from members of the reading leadership to describe how students performed on the FRQs, summarize typical student errors, and address specific concepts and content with which students have struggled the most that year.
APUSH DBQ Slavery From 1775 to 1830 many African Americans gained freedom although during that same time the institution of slavery expanded. 25,000 to 55,000 slaves fled or fought during the American Revolution. During the Revolutionary War, in 1775 many slaves took advantage of the British presence in the South to escape. The British did enable this to happen mostly to disrupt the American war effort. Lord Dunmore made a proclamation that indentured servants and Negroes could gain their freedom by fighting for the British (Doc A). This increased the number of freed African Americans as 1000 to 3000 slaves answered his call as a response to their enslavement. Free African Americans also joined the battle with the colonists, although the often felt they were not allowed to vote (Doc B). During the time from 1790 to 1830 cotton production increased in the US which led to a slavery expanding (Doc C). Slavery had become a significant part of the economy for the South, which made it extremely difficult to negotiate for the freedom of slaves. The Cotton Kingdom was flourishing, white planters had enormous