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Then Become an Art Expert with REA’s AP Art History Test Prep!


Our new, expanded second edition with CD-ROM includes a fast review and full index - specifically designed for students serious about scoring a 5 on the exam!

REA’s landmark AP Art History test prep is now available in a second edition. Now bigger and better than ever before, this new edition...

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Are You Serious About Scoring a 5?

Then Become an Art Expert with REA’s AP Art History Test Prep!


Our new, expanded second edition with CD-ROM includes a fast review and full index - specifically designed for students serious about scoring a 5 on the exam!

REA’s landmark AP Art History test prep is now available in a second edition. Now bigger and better than ever before, this new edition includes a fast review and a full index. Spanning the world of art from ancient to modern times, this test prep is based on the material found on the official AP Art History exam. The comprehensive, up-to-date review covers every exam topic: Ancient through Medieval, beyond European Artistic Traditions, the Renaissance to the Present, and more. 

But our test prep doesn’t just talk about the art, we show you the art! Each work of art referenced or represented in the book appears on a CD in full color – allowing you to view more than 400 art images!

The CD-ROM contains the book’s two full-length practice exams in a timed format with instant scoring, providing the closest experience to the actual test. The CD also includes full explanations for each answer to help you study smarter.

With REA’s AP Art History test prep, you’ll become a connoisseur in the world of art!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738604794
  • Publisher: Research & Education Association
  • Publication date: 2/1/2009
  • Series: Test Preps
  • Edition description: Second
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 576
  • Age range: 16 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

The co-authors of this book, Larry Krieger and Frank Chmiel, have invested in these pages the wisdom and experience they have gained as developers of an AP Art History program that, according to the College Board, has led the world three years running “in helping the widest segment of their total school population achieve an exam grade of 3 or higher.” That program, which has produced
hundreds of individual success stories, is based at Montgomery High School in Skillman, New Jersey. Together, Mr. Krieger and Mr. Chmiel now give you access to the same materials that provided the platform for their students’ achievement at Montgomery High.
Larry Krieger earned his B.A. and M.A.T. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his M.A. from Wake Forest. In a career spanning three decades, in North Carolina and later in New Jersey, Mr. Krieger taught sociology, American history, world history, and European history, retiring in 2004. It was Mr. Krieger who established Montgomery High School’s AP Art History program and later team-taught with Frank Chmiel. Mr. Krieger is also the author of numerous United States history and world history textbooks. Currently, Mr. Krieger presents SAT workshops in Atlanta, Minneapolis, Denver, and Charles County, Maryland.
Over the past four years, Frank Chmiel, a 1998 graduate of Princeton University, has taught more than 400 students in AP Art History, and a number of them have been motivated to continue their study in art history at the college level, including study abroad. Mr. Chmiel has also taught a lecture series entitled “Christian Art from the Catacombs to the Cathedrals,” as well as “Christian Art from the 14th through 16th Centuries” at Nassau Christian Center Church in Princeton. In 2005 he participated in the “Teachers as Scholars Program” through Princeton University, focusing on 19th-century French painting. Mr. Chmiel’s nine-year teaching career has also included classes in 20th-century U.S. history, world history, and criminal justice.


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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 specific 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. 

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Table of Contents

About Our Authors
About REA/Acknowledgments
Study Schedule 
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 
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    
Practice Exam 2   
Answer Key   
Detailed Explanations of Answers  
Image Acknowledgments 

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    Exactly the same as his lectures... simply amazing

    i have the honor of having had Frank Chmiel as a teacher of AP Art History. He is the best in the country for AP scores. I enjoy his class the most out of all of mine. His lectures are extremely informative and highly entertaining. While this book may not have the side conversations or random, silly jokes he often cracks, it is an excellent guide to getting a 5 on the AP test. i highly recommend it.

    (Frank Chmiel is my current teacher, Larry Krieger was the old teacher at my school)

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