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Get fully prepared with the AP World History test prep AP teachers recommend.

The Most Complete AP World History Subject Review:
Everything you need to know for the Advanced Placement World History exam, selected and presented by seasoned instructors with extensive college-level teaching experience.

The Best AP World History Practice Exams Available:
2 full-length AP World History practice tests based on official AP exam questions released by the College Board – balanced to include every AP topic and type of AP question you can expect on the actual AP World History exam.

Total Explanations of AP World History Exam Questions & Answers:
Each AP World History practice test comes with detailed feedback on every question. We don’t just say which answers are right – but why the others are wrong, so you’ll be prepared for the AP World History exam!

Proven Test Prep Methods:
REA’s focused AP World History content and practical advice has helped millions of AP students score higher. With our step-by-step plan, you can earn a 5 on the AP World History exam and get the credit you deserve!

Recommended by AP World History Teachers:
For years, AP World History teachers have relied on REA for effective, authoritative Advanced Placement study guides. Our authors include nationally known AP experts who have personally coached generations of successful Advanced Placement students. In our AP World History test prep, we’ve drawn on the insights of experienced college instructors to create one powerful volume.

Get the World’s Most Advanced AP World History Software:
REA’s AP World History TestWare combines a realistic AP test environment with the most powerful scoring analysis and diagnostic tools available. With every AP World History practice test you take, you’ll gain knowledge and confidence for the real AP exam. Automatic scoring and instant reports help you zero in on the topics and types of AP World History questions that give you trouble now, so you’ll succeed on the AP World History exam!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738607917
  • Publisher: Research & Education Association
  • Publication date: 10/23/2009
  • Series: Advanced Placement (AP) Test Preparation
  • Edition description: Second
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 768
  • Age range: 13 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Deborah Vess is a Professor of History and Interdisciplinary Studies at Georgia College & State University. She holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of North Texas, and is an expert on medieval Church history. Dr. Vess has published articles in The American Benedictine Review, Word and Spirit, Mystics Quarterly, The Modern Schoolman, and The Encyclopedia of Monasticism. She is an advocate of educational technology, and has published several articles on the topic in The History Teacher, Teaching History, Inventio, and other publications.
In addition to numerous local awards for teaching, Dr. Vess was named a Distinguished Professor of Teaching and Learning by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents in 1996. In 2001, she received the University System’s Board of Regents Research in Undergraduate Education Award. Dr. Vess has twice received an Excellence in Teaching Award from the National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development, and was named a Carnegie Scholar with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 1999.


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Featuring a thorough, course-focused review and two full-length practice tests, this book provides an accurate and complete representation of the Advanced Placement Examination in World History. Our practice tests are based on the format of the most recently administered AP World History exam Each model exam lasts three hours (including a 10-minute reading period) and includes every type of question that you can expect to encounter on the real test. Following each of our practice tests is an answer key, complete with detailed explanations designed to clarify the material for you. By using the course review, completing both practice tests, and studying the explanations that follow, you will pinpoint your strengths and weaknesses and, above all, put yourself in the best possible position to do well on the actual test.  


The AP World History exam is offered each May at participating schools and multi-school centers throughout the world. The Advanced Placement Program is designed to allow high school students to pursue college-level studies while attending high school. The participating colleges, in turn, grant credit and/or advanced placement to students who do well on the examinations.  

The AP World History course is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory World History course, often taken by History majors in their first year of college.  


The AP World History exam is approximately three hours and five minutes long. Each section of the exam is completed separately and each counts for half of the student’s score. 

The exam is divided into two sections: 

Section I: 

The multiple-choice section of the exam is designed to measure the student’s  knowledge of World History from the Foundations period (8000 BCE to 600 CE) to the present The approximate breakdown of topics is as follows: 

Chronological period             Approximate percentage

Foundations                                          19–20%

600 CE–1450                                       22%

1450–1750                                          19–20%

1750–1914                                          19–20% 

1914–the present                                 19–20%

The section contains 70 questions to be answered in 55 minutes. Each question has five possible answer choices Each correct answer is worth one point, and 1/4 point is deducted for each incorrect answer. 

Section II:  

This part of the exam is devoted to writing three essays in the allotted 130 minutes. The first question will be a document-based question, the second question will ask the test-taker to write a change-over-time essay, and the third question requires the writing of a comparative essay. All three questions are required to be answered and are weighted equally.  

For more information about what to include on the essays, how to manage the time allotted, and how they are scored, please see the AP World History outline provided by the College Board at: www.collegeboard.com

You may find the AP World History Exam considerably more difficult than many classroom exams. In order to measure the full range of your ability in World History, the AP exams are designed to produce average scores of approximately 50% of the maximum possible score for the multiple-choice and essay sections. Therefore, you should not expect to attain a perfect or even near-perfect score.  



What do I study first? 

Read over the course review and the suggestions for test taking. Next, take the first practice test to pinpoint your area(s) of weakness, and then go back and focus your study on those specific problems. Studying the reviews thoroughly will reinforce the basic skills you will need to do well on the exam. Make sure to take the two practice tests to become familiar with the format and procedures involved with taking the actual exam. 

To best utilize your study time, follow our Independent Study Schedule, which you will find in the front of this book. The schedule is based on a six-week program, but if necessary it can be condensed to three weeks by combining each two-week program into one week.   


When should I start studying?  

It is never too early to start studying for the AP World History Exam The earlier you begin, the more time you will have to sharpen your skills Do not procrastinate! Cramming is not an effective way to study, since it does not allow you the time needed to learn the test material. The sooner you learn the format of the exam, the more time you will have to familiarize yourself with it. 


This book contains an extensive AP World History Course Review that can be used as both a primer and a quick reference as you assess your performance on REA’s practice exams. Our course review is designed to complement your AP World History textbook and enhance your classroom discussions. By studying our review along with your text, you will be well prepared for the exam.  



It is very important for you to choose the time and place for studying that works best for you. Some students may set aside a certain number of hours every morning, while others may choose to study at night before going to sleep. Other students may study during the day, while waiting in line, or even while eating lunch. Only you can determine when and where your study time will be most effective. Be consistent and use your time wisely. Work out a study routine and stick to it.   

When you take the practice tests, create an environment as much like the actual testing environment as possible. Turn your television and radio off, and sit down at a quiet table free from distraction. Make sure to time yourself, breaking the test down by section.  

As you complete each practice test, score your test and thoroughly review the explanations to the questions you answered incorrectly; however, do not review too much at one time. Concentrate on one problem area at a time by reviewing the question and explanation, and by studying our review until you are confident that you completely understand the material.

Keep track of your scores and mark them on the Scoring Worksheet. By doing so, you will be able to gauge your progress and discover general weaknesses in particular sections. You should carefully study the reviews that cover areas with which you have difficulty, as this will build your skills in those areas.  


Although you may not be familiar with standardized tests such as the AP World History exam, there are many ways to acquaint yourself with this type of examination and help alleviate any test-taking anxieties. Listed below are ways to help you become accustomed to the AP exams, some of which may be applied to other standardized tests as well. 

Become comfortable with the format of the exam. Stay calm and pace yourself. After simulating the test a couple of times, you will boost your chances of doing well and you will be able to sit down for the actual exam with more confidence.  

Read all of the possible answers. Just because you think you have found the correct response, do not automatically assume that it is the best answer. Read through each choice to be sure that you are not making a mistake by jumping to conclusions. 

Use the process of elimination. Go through each answer to a question and eliminate as many of the answer choices as possible. By eliminating just two answer choices, you give yourself a better chance of getting the item correct, since there will only be three choices left from which to make your guess.  

Work quickly and steadily. You will have only 55 minutes to work on 70 questions in the multiple-choice section, so work quickly and steadily to avoid focusing on any one question too long. Taking the practice tests in this book will help you learn to budget your time.  

Beware of test vocabulary. For example, words like generally, usually, sometimes, seldom, rarely, and often indicate there may be exceptions to your answer.  

Learn the directions and format for each section of the test. Familiarizing yourself with the directions and format of the exam will save you valuable time on the day of the actual test.  



Before the exam  


On the day of the test, you should wake up early (preferably after a good night’s rest) and have a good breakfast. Make sure to dress comfortably, so that you are not distracted by being too hot or too cold while taking the test. Also plan to arrive at the test center early. This will allow you to collect your thoughts and relax before the test, and will also spare you the anxiety that comes

with being late. 

Before you leave for the test center, make sure that you have your admission form, social security number, and another form of identification, which must contain a recent photograph, your name, and signature (ie, driver’s license, student identification card, or current alien registration card). You will not be allowed to take the test if you do not have proper identification. You will also need to bring your school code. Also, bring several sharpened No. 2 pencils with erasers for the multiple-choice questions and black or blue pens for the free-response questions.  

You may wear a watch, but only one without a beep or alarm. No dictionaries, textbooks, notebooks, compasses, correction fluid, highlighters, rulers, computers, cell phones, beepers, PDAs, scratch paper, listening and recording devices, briefcases, or packages will be permitted, and drinking, smoking, and eating are prohibited while taking the test. 

During the exam  

Once you enter the test center, follow all of the rules and instructions given by the test supervisor. If you do not, you risk being dismissed from the test and having your scores canceled. 

After the exam 

You may immediately register when taking the exam to have your score sent to the college of your choice You may also wait and later request to have your AP score reported to the college of your choice. 


For registration bulletins or more information about the AP World History exam, contact: 

AP Services 

Educational Testing Service 

PO Box 6671 

Princeton, NJ 08541-6671 

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

E-mail: apexams@ets.org  
Website: www.collegeboard.com  

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Table of Contents


About Our Author  

Independent Study Schedule 


About this Book

About the Exam

AP World History Exam Format and Content

How to Use This Book 

About Our Review Section  

Scoring REA’s Practice Exams

Scoring the Official Exams

Studying for Your Exam

Test-Taking Tips

The Day of the Exam

Contacting the AP Program


Chapter 1  The Prehistoric Era  

The Paleolithic Era  

The Neolithic Era  

Ancient Mesopotamia  

The Persians  

Chapter 2  Egypt: The Gift of the Nile 

Geography of Ancient Egypt  

Cultural Connections 

Periods of Egyptian History  

Chapter 3  The Hebrews 


Narrative History: Hebrew Origins  

The Cultural Contributions of the Hebrews  

Chapter 4  Indian Civilization Through the Mauryan Empire  

Indus River Valley Civilization  

The Vedic Period  


Chapter 5  China Through the Han Dynasty  

Geography, Agriculture, the Family, and the Peasant  

The Prehistoric Era  


Lao Zi (Lao Tzu or Lao Tze) and Daoism  

The Qin (Ch’in) Empire  

The Han Empire  

The Period of Six Dynasties  


Chapter 6  Bronze Age Greece and the Origins of Archaic Culture 

The Minoans 

The Mycenaeans 

The Dorians 

The Age of Colonization 

Chapter 7 Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic Era 

The Aftermath of the Peloponnesian War 

The Hellenistic Empire 

Change over Time 

Chapter 8  The Civilization of Rome Through the Julio-Claudians 

Roman History Through the Julio-Claudians 

Rome Becomes Master of the Mediterranean 

The Age of the Reformers 

Chapter 9   Rome from the Julio-Claudians Through Its Collapse in the West 

Religion in the Roman Empire 

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire in the West 


Chapter 10  The Rise of Islam: From Muhammad Through the Abbasid Caliphate  

Muhammad and the Qur’an 

The Life and Career of Muhammad 

The Expansion Halts 

Islamic Expansion and World Trade Patterns 

Chapter 11 African Civilization from Its Origins Through the Eve of the Age of Exploration  


The Development of Civilization in Africa  

Contacts Between Africa and West Asia: Agriculture and Iron Making

The Spread of Iron Making: The Bantu Migrations

Ancient Africa from the Egyptians to the Arrival of Islam

Other West African Kingdoms 

Kingdoms of Central and South Africa 

Chapter 12   The Americas Before Columbus  

Migration to the Americas 

The Native American Cultures of Mesoamerica 

Gender Issues 

Native American Cultures of South America: The Inca  

Native American Cultures of North America 

Chapter 13  Trends in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and East Asia  From 500CE to 1400CE  


Trends in South Asia 

Trends in Central and East Asia 

East Asia 

Chapter 14   The Western Middle Ages  

Dating the Middle Ages 

The Historiography of the Medieval Period 

The Byzantine Empire During the Early Middle Ages 

Western Europe in the Early Middle Ages 

The Development of the Medieval Western

European Kingdoms 

The Central Middle Ages 

The Emergence of the Medieval Monarchies 

Chapter 15  The Late Middle Ages  

The Calamitous Fourteenth Century:  The Black Death 

The Decline of the Church in the Late Middle Ages 

The Hundred Years’ War

Chapter 16  The Renaissance  



The Italian City-States and Civic Humanism 

The Northern Renaissance 

Political Developments During the Renaissance 


Chapter 17  The Age of Exploration  


The Voyages of Exploration 

Other Voyages to the Americas 

Dividing the Conquests 

The Spanish in the “New World”

The Creation of a Global Economy 

Chapter 18  The Reformation  


The English Reformation 

The Counter Reformation 


Chapter 19   Japan from the Warring States Through the Meiji Restoration  

The Warring States

Tokugawa Japan 1600–1867  

Chapter 20   China from the Ming to the Qing Dynasty   

The Ming Dynasty (1368–1644)  

The Qing (Ch’ing) Dynasty (1644–1911)  

Chapter 21     The Islamic World from the Ottomans Through the Early Twentieth Century  

The Ottoman Empire 

The Safavid Shi’ites in Iran 


Chapter 22  The Age of Absolutism  


Absolutism in France: Louis XIV 

Absolutism in Russia: Peter the Great (1682–1725) and the Westernization of Russia 

Absolutism in Prussia 

Constitutionalism in England: The Glorious Revolution 

The Restoration 

Cultural Changes in the Age of Absolutism: The Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment 

Philosophy During the Scientific Revolution 

The Eighteenth-Century Enlightenment 

The Enlightened Despots 

Chapter 23   The British Colonies in the Americas and the American Revolution   

The European Colonies in the Americas 

British Colonial Rule 

Chapter 24  The French Revolution  

The Revolt Noblesse 

The Reign of Terror 

Chapter 25  The American and French Revolutions Spark Other Movements for Independence   

The Haitian Revolution  

Economy and Trade 


Chapter 26   The Industrial Revolutions of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries  

First Industrial Revolution  

Impact of the Industrial Revolution 

The Second Industrial Revolution 

Chapter 27  The Unification of Italy and Germany  



Chapter 28   The United States in the Nineteenth Century   

The “Frontier Thesis”  

The Civil War 

Chapter 29  Imperialism in the Nineteenth Century  


European Imperialism in Africa  

European Imperialism in Asia 

European Imperialism in the Pacific 

The Impact of European Imperialism: Comparative Patterns in Africa and Asia 

The United States Emerges as an Imperial Power 

The Rise of Japan as an Imperial Power 

Imperialism and the Labor Force: Changing  Migration Patterns  


Chapter 30 World War I (1914–1918) and Its Aftermath  


Chapter 31  The Legacy of World War I: Rebellion and Revolution in Russia, Africa, the Middle East, South and East Asia  

Consequences of World War I 

The Russian Revolutions of 1905 and 1917 

Marxism Spreads to China 

Japan in the Post-War Era 

South Asia After World War I 

The Middle East After World War I 

The Creation of Israel and the Problem  of Palestine 

Africa After World War I 

“The Decline of the West” 

Chapter 32   Europe in the 1920s and 1930s: The Rise of Nazism and Fascism   

The Rise of Hitler 

The Rise of Mussolini 

The Path to World War II 

Chapter 33  World War II   

Hitler Invades Poland 

War in Europe 

The War in the Pacific and the US Declaration of War 


Chapter 34 The Cold War  


The Cold War 

Challenges to the Superpowers in Europe 

Rebellions in Eastern Europe 

The Superpowers in the Middle East and Asia

During the Cold War 

Gorbachev and the Soviet Union from 1982–1991 

Chapter 35  Asia After World War II  

The Impact of Colonialism: The Middle East, Africa, and Asia in Crisis Following World War II  



The Little Tigers  

South Asia After World War II: India  

Chapter 36  The Middle East After World War II   






Chapter 37  Latin America in the Post-World War II Era  









The Iran-Contra Scandal 

Gender Issues 

Population Patterns 

Migration Patterns 

Liberation Theology 

Latin America at the End of the 1980s 

Chapter 38  Emerging Global Trends  




Ethnic Conflicts 

Impact of Globalism 

Practice Test 1  

Answer Key

Detailed Explanations of Answers 

Practice Test 2  

Answer Key 

Detailed Explanations of Answers 


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