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A NEWER EDITION OF THIS TITLE IS AVAILABLE.  
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REA … Real review, Real practice, Real results.

 

Get the college credits you deserve.

 

AP ART HISTORY – New Title!
Includes Over 400 Full-Color Art Masterpieces on CD

Completely aligned with today’s AP exam

 

Are you prepared to excel on the AP exam? 

* Set up a study schedule by following our results-driven timeline

* Take the first practice test to discover what you know and what you

   should know

* Use REA's advice to ready yourself for proper study and success

Practice for real

* Create the closest experience to test-day conditions with 2 full-length practice tests, complete with art images

* Chart your progress with full and detailed explanations of all answers

* Boost your confidence with test-taking strategies and experienced advice

Sharpen your knowledge and skills

* The book's full subject review features coverage of all possible AP Art exam topics:  Ancient through Medieval; Beyond European Artistic Traditions; Renaissance to Present. 

* Each work of art referenced in the book appears on the CD in full color – more than 400 art images in all.

* Smart and friendly lessons reinforce necessary skills

* Key tutorials enhance specific abilities needed on the test

* Targeted drills increase comprehension and help organize study

Ideal for Classroom, Family, or Solo Test Preparation!

REA has provided advanced preparation for generations of advanced students who have excelled on important tests and in life. REA’s AP study guides are teacher-recommended and written by experts who have mastered the course and the test.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780738602127
  • Publisher: Research & Education Association
  • Publication date: 3/15/2007
  • Series: Test Preps
  • Pages: 512
  • Age range: 14 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.70 (d)

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Excelling on the

AP Art History Exam

About This Book and the Full-Color Art CD-ROM

This book provides a thorough review for the Advanced Placement Art History Examination and is intended to make test preparation as easy and effective as possible. Cited throughout the book are art images that can be found on the accompanying full-color CD-ROM. The image numbers in the book’s review section correspond to those on the CD for simultaneous reference as you study. The practice tests, for which images are also presented on the CD in color, are accompanied by detailed answer explanations, giving you the context you need to excel on the AP Art History Exam.

 

About the Advanced Placement Program

The Advanced Placement Program is designed to provide high school students with the opportunity to pursue college-level studies. The program consists of two components: a course and an exam. Students are expected to gain college-level skills and acquire college-level knowledge of art history through the AP course. When they complete the course, students take the AP Art History exam. Test results are used to grant course credit and/or determine placement level in the subject when students enter college.

The AP Art History Exam, along with the other AP exams, is administered each May at participating schools and multi-school centers throughout the world.

About the Exam

The AP Art History exam is 3 hours long and contains 115 multiple-choice questions, 7 short essay questions, and 2 long essay questions. The questions are designed to provide a comprehensive evaluation of your knowledge of art history.

Content of the Exam

The following table shows the key content areas and the percentage of questions typically asked in each area:

Content                                                                       Approximate                         Total

Percentages                       

I. Ancient Through Medieval ……………………………………………………..30%

A. Greece and Rome                                                   10–15%

B. Early Christian, Byzantine,

Early Medieval                                                          5–10%

C. Romanesque                                                   3–7%

D. Gothic                                                             7–10%

II. Beyond the European Artistic Traditions……………………………………        20%

Africa (including Egypt), the Americas,

Asia, Near East, Oceania, and Global Islamic

Traditions

III. Renaissance to Present ……………………………………………………….            50%

A. 14th through 16th Centuries                                     12–17%

B. 17th and 18th Centuries                                                 10–15%

C. 19th Century                                                                        10–15%

D. 20th and 21st Centuries                                                 10–15%

As you can see, the course is both comprehensive and flexible—comprehensive because it covers many topics and flexible because it gives teachers a great deal of freedom to choose what to teach. This freedom encourages teachers to be creative, but it can also pose problems for students preparing for the AP exam. For example, a number of questions about twentieth-century German Expressionists and American Abstract Expressionists appeared on a recent administration of the exam. In contrast, an administration of the exam a few years later contained no questions on either style.

The course’s broad scope—combined with the fact that different topics are emphasized each year—means that both teachers and students must make choices. It is impossible for art history teachers to cover everything because the course is too vast. It is also impossible for students to study everything. This book will help you decide which topics to study in depth and which topics to briefly review. Each chapter contains an introduction explaining why the topic is important and how it has been tested in the past.

Take another look at the course content outline. It distinguishes between topics within the European tradition and topics beyond the European artistic tradition. Topics beyond the European artistic tradition include art from the Americas, Asia, Africa, and Oceania. Although these topics could easily generate their own course, very few questions are devoted to them. Instead, most such questions are devoted to the ancient Near East, ancient Egypt, and the global Islamic tradition.

Format of the Exam

The AP Art History exam includes various types of questions. The best way to

familiarize you with the test format is to walk you through it from beginning to end.

Section I

 

Part A: Slide-Based Multiple-Choice Questions (0.69 point per question)

When your test begins, your proctor will dim the lights and then use slide projectors to project images onto one or (usually) two screens. The two images are related. For example, a recent exam began with slides of cathedrals in Florence and Siena. The churches were built at about the same time and have many similarities and differences. Questions relating to the slides will focus on issues such as functions of works of art, patronage, period styles, chronology, and technique.

Four sets of these slide-based multiple-choice questions will be presented. Each set contains from seven to nine questions, each with four answer choices. You are allotted 4 minutes to answer each set of questions.

Part B: Multiple-Choice Questions (0.69 point per question)

After you complete the slide-based multiple-choice questions, your proctor will turn off the slide projectors and ask you to turn to Part B in your test booklet. Part B contains from 85 to 87 multiple-choice questions, each with four answer choices. About half of the questions refer to pictures of specific works of art, which are illustrated in the test booklet. A specific picture can be accompanied by one to four questions. The remaining multiple-choice questions will test your knowledge of artists and artistic styles. The questions are not arranged in chronological order.

You will have 1 hour to complete the 115 multiple-choice questions in Section I,

Parts A and B. This section of the exam will be followed by a brief break.

Section II: Free-Response Questions

Long Essay Question (25 points)

After the break, you will given 30 minutes to write a long essay. This essay will require you to incorporate at least one example of art from beyond the European artistic tradition.

Short Essay Questions (10 points per question)

This part of the exam, which is 60 minutes long, consists of 7 timed essay questions. The amount of time you are allotted for each question varies: you will be given 5 minutes to answer each of two questions and 10 minutes to answer each of the other 5 questions. Each question is based on one or two slides, and one question will include a primary source quotation. The short essay questions ask you to discuss specific works of art selected from at least seven periods in art history. A recent exam included short questions on an early Christian mosaic, a Greek sculpture, and a department store in Chicago designed by Louis Sullivan.

Long Essay Question (25 points)

Your test will conclude with a second 30-minute essay question. The question asks you to address significant art history themes and problems. Your essay must include a discussion of specific works of art. The topics for this essay are very broad. Recently students were asked to “select and identify two works of art that include symbolic or allegorical images.”

Scoring the Exam

A Perfect Score

Each of the questions on your exam has a point value, but not all questions or types of questions are equal. Here is how the points are distributed:

1. Multiple-Choice Questions—80 points

The 115 multiple-choice questions are worth 0.69 point each, so a perfect score on the multiple-choice sections is 80. Remember, random guessing will not help your score. The College Board calculates the number of multiple-choice questions you answered incorrectly and multiplies that total by 1/3. This number is subtracted from the total number of questions you answered correctly to calculate your raw score. For example, 100 correctly answered questions and 15 incorrectly answered questions would be calculated as follows:

100 (Number correct) - [15 (Number wrong) x 1/3] = 95 (Raw score)

The raw score (95 in the example) is then multiplied by 0.69 to show the multiple-choice

score (66 in the example).

2. Short Essay Questions—70 points

Each of the seven short essay questions is worth 10 points, but the AP exam readers

will grade them on a 4-point scale. Each point is therefore worth 2.5 points. If your

essay receives a 2, for example, you will earn 5 points for that essay.

3. Long Essay Questions—50 points

Each of the two long essay questions is worth 25 points. Each essay is scored on a scale of 0 to 9. Your scaled number is then multiplied by 2.77. It is important to remember that your fi rst long essay is divided into two parts. One part will discuss an example from the European tradition, and one part will discuss an example from outside the European tradition. So each part of this essay is worth 12.5 points.

The College Board’s 5-Point Scale

 

Although the questions on the AP Art History exam total 200 points, the score report you receive from the College Board will show your score as a number between 1 and 5. According to the College Board, 5 means “extremely well qualified,” 4 means “well qualified,” 3 means “qualified,” 2 means “possibly qualified,” and 1 means “no recommendation.”

Chapter 1:

Excelling on the AP Art History Exam

A score of 5 or 4 will enhance your academic résumé and impress college admission committees, and most colleges will award you academic credit for either score. It is not easy to score a 5 or 4. AP exams are designed to produce average scores of approximately 50 percent of the maximum possible score for the multiple-choice and essay sections. You should not expect to attain a perfect or even near-perfect score. In a recent administration of the AP Art History exam, 13.5 percent of the students scored a 5 and 14.2 percent scored a 1. These percentages are very stable and vary only by a small amount from year to year.

The All-Important Score Range

You do not have to score a perfect 200 to achieve a 5. Instead, statisticians determine a score range for each test. Here is the score range for the 2004 exam:

Score Range                         AP Grade             Percent Correct

135–200                  5                      67.5%

102–134                  4                      51.0%

72–101  &160;                      3                      36.0%

52–71                         2                      26.0%

0–51                            1                      <25.5%>

Many students are surprised when they see this chart. Scoring a 5 or a 4 is not impossible. You need to answer only two-thirds of the questions correctly to score a 5 and answer just over one-half to score a 4.

Strategic Reviewing for the Exam

 

You should begin your review about three weeks before the exam. Here are some important dos and don’ts.

1. DO read and study this book.

 

If you are reading this book, you have already taken your first and most important step. Read and study it! Each chapter is carefully designed to review the artists, styles, and works of art you need to know. The two practice exams will give you a chance to test your knowledge and evaluate your progress. Use the tests and the answer guides to determine your strengths and weaknesses. Then refine your strengths and address your weaknesses.

2. DO go to AP Central.

 

The College Board maintains a comprehensive Web site called AP Central at http://apcentral.collegeboard.com. The site contains a wealth of information about each AP exam, including a booklet titled “Art History Course Description,” which is the authoritative guide to the course and to the types of questions found on the exam. The information related to the AP Art History exam includes essay questions, sample essays, and all the slide-based multiple-choice questions since 1999. You should examine a number of the sample essays and multiple-choice questions.

3. DO NOT skip twentieth-century art.

 

Your art history teacher may not reach the twentieth century, because covering everything is a challenge. Do not skip it when you prepare for the AP Art History exam. Between 10 and 15 percent of your test will be devoted to this topic, including a number of multiple-choice questions and at least one short essay question. In addition, using twentieth-century examples on your long essays can be very useful. The test writers know that teachers typically do not have enough time to cover this topic in depth. As a result, questions tend to focus on very specifi c information. This is especially true of the topics since 1950.

4. DO study the ancient Near East and ancient Egypt.

Art works from the ancient Near East and ancient Egypt are categorized as art beyond the European tradition, and the two topics usually account for multiple-choice and short essay questions worth about 20 points, or 10 percent of your total test score. In addition, you can use examples from either the ancient Near East or ancient Egypt for the long essay question requiring at least one example of art beyond the European tradition. That example is worth another 12.5 points.

5. DO NOT spend too much time on African, Asian, pre-Columbian, and Oceanic art.

Although these topics are important, interesting, and exciting to study, the reality is that the AP Art History exam contains few questions on them.

6. DO study female artists.

 

Even though the AP Art History Committee has a wide range of topics, artists, and artistic styles to cover, in recent years emphasis has been placed on the important role and contributions of female artists. Carefully study and review Chapter 32 in this book, which provides a review of key female artists.

7. DO build a coalition of points.

 

Your goal is not to score a perfect 200. You do not need 200 points to score a 5. You need 135 points to score a 5 and 102 points to score a 4. Set a score of 4 or 5 as your goal. With the help of this book, you can do it! The key to scoring a 5 or a 4 is to build a winning coalition of points. Your coalition should begin with the ancient Near East and ancient Egypt. These two topics can be worth between 20 and 30 of the points you need to reach a 102, the minimum needed for a 4. The next topics in your coalition depend on you. You need another 80 to 90 points. What are your favorite artistic styles and eras? For example, a combination of Greece and Rome, Gothic art, the Renaissance, and the twentieth century will usually be worth between 80 and 90 points.

Another successful strategy is based on the proportions of the exam devoted to various art media. According to the course description booklet, 40 percent to 50 percent of the test questions will be devoted to painting and drawing, 25 percent to architecture, 25 percent to sculpture, and 5 percent to 10 percent to other media. Painting is a vast topic that includes a huge number of artists and works of art, but sculpture is very compact. You might consider a strategy of focusing on great sculptors and the works they created. Successfully implemented, this strategy would be worth as much as 50 points. Keep in mind that you do not have to be an expert on every topic to achieve a high score. The best strategy is to have a good general feel for each period and then

concentrate on building a winning coalition of the artists and styles of art you enjoy studying.

Strategic Thinking During the Exam

The AP Art History exam is long and challenging. Here are key dos and don’ts to

keep in mind as you are taking the exam:

1. DO NOT make random, wild guesses on the multiple-choice questions.

If you can eliminate one or two answer choices, make an educated guess. However, if you do not know the answer and cannot eliminate any of the answer choices, leave the question blank and move on.

2. Do remember that readers score each short essay on a 4-point scale.

Each short essay question typically begins with a question asking you to identify and date an artist, an architect, or a work of art. This part of the question is worth 1 of the 4 points. For example, one of the short essay questions on a recent exam asked students to identify the architect of the Carson, Pirie, Scott Building in Chicago. Stating that the architect was Louis Sullivan was worth 1 point. Students were then asked, “How did the innovations in this building lead to the development of the modern skyscraper?” Although the question did not ask for three innovations, that was implied: the question was worth 4 points and students earned 1 point by naming the architect, so discussing three innovations in the short essay earned students the full 4 points.

3. DO carefully examine the pictures and describe what you see.

Many short essay questions ask you to discuss characteristics of a specific work. For example, a recent short essay asked students to discuss the characteristics that revealed the classical sources of the Christ as Good Shepherd mosaic from the early Christian period. By carefully examining the slide, students saw that Christ was wearing a gold and purple robe. Because the Roman emperors wore purple, the color showed that Christ was a regal figure. Describing this feature was worth 1 point. If you are not sure what to answer, always begin by describing what you see.

4. Do write a brief outline before beginning your long essays.

Always think before you begin your long essays. Take a few minutes to brainstorm possible examples to use. If you have a mental block, try reviewing key works of art from your favorite artistic style or period. Remember, the questions are always broad find an example you can write about.

Contacting the AP Program

For more information on the AP Art History exam, contact:

AP Services

P.O. Box 6671

Princeton, NJ 08541-6671

Phone: (609) 771-7300 or (888) 225-5427

Fax: (609) 530-0482

E-mail: apexams@info.collegeboard.org

Website: www.collegeboard.com

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Table of Contents

CONTENTS

About Our Authors

About REA/Acknowledgments

Study Schedule 

INTRODUCTION

A Note from the Authors

Chapter 1 – Excelling on the AP Art History Exam

PART 1 ANCIENT ART

Chapter 2 – Prehistoric Art

Chapter 3 – Art of the Ancient Near East

Chapter 4 – Ancient Egyptian Art

Chapter 5 – Aegean Art

Chapter 6 – Art of Ancient Greece

Chapter 7 – Etruscan Art

Chapter 8 – Roman Art

PART 2 MEDIEVAL ART

Chapter 9 – Early Christian Art

Chapter 10 – Byzantine Art

Chapter 11 – Islamic Art

Chapter 12 – Early Medieval Art

Chapter 13 – Romanesque Art

Chapter 14 – Gothic Art

PART 3 RENAISSANCE ART

Chapter 15 – Precursors of the Renaissance

Chapter 16 – The Early Renaissance

Chapter 17 – Giants of the High Renaissance

Chapter 18 – Mannerism

Chapter 19 – The Northern Renaissance 3

PART 4 BAROQUE ART

Chapter 20 – Baroque Art

Chapter 21 – The Golden Age of Dutch Art

Chapter 22 – French Art, 1661–1789

PART 5 NINETEENTH-CENTURY ART

Chapter 23 – Neoclassical Art

Chapter 24 – Romanticism

Chapter 25 – Realism and the Birth of Photography

Chapter 26 – Impressionism and Post-Impressionism

Chapter 27 – Other Late Nineteenth-Century Art Styles

Chapter 28 – Nineteenth-Century Architecture

PART 6 TWENTIETH-CENTURY ART

Chapter 29 – Early Twentieth-Century Art

Chapter 30 – Twentieth-Century Art Between the World Wars

Chapter 31 – Twentieth-Century Art After World War II

Chapter 32 – Twentieth-Century Architecture

PART 7 KEY POINTS YOU ABSOLUTELY,

POSITIVELY HAVE TO KNOW

Chapter 33 – Key Female Artists and Patrons

Chapter 34 – Key Figures in American Art

Chapter 35 – Key Points About Art Beyond the European Tradition

Chapter 36 – Fifty Terms You Absolutely, Positively Have to Know

Chapter 37 – Our Top Picks

PRACTICE EXAMS

Practice Exam 1

Answer Key

Detailed Explanations of Answers 404

Practice Exam 2

Answer Key

Detailed Explanations of Answers

ANSWER SHEETS

Image Acknowledgments

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