Friday, June 04, 2010

Bloopers from AP US History tests

A friend is at the grading of this year's exams and has shared these howlers from actual student essays. Enjoy. And weep.
QUESTION 2: Deals with the factors that led to America's victory in the Revolutionary War.
- Connecticut was the first state to leave the colonies and form the Confederacy.
- George Washington crossed the Delaware River and landed at Yorktown.
- The French were convinced to join the war after America's victory at Antietam.
- At the time, the United States had the most advanced communication system in the world - Paul Revere.
- England viewed the colonies as nothing more than a back-talking teenager that needed smacked.

QUESTION 3: Deals with the role of slavery in causing the Civil War.
- With the end of Reconstruction, the Civil War was not far ahead.
- Slavery was like the crazy uncle in every family - everyone acknowledges the problem, but no one wants to confront it.
- Most western states are in the South.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe's book "Uncle Tom's Cabinet" angered whites.
- The Misery Compromise only delayed the Civil War.
- The Boxer Rebellion showed whites the need to control their slaves.
- The biggest victory for Southerners before the Civil War was the Dred Scopes Trial.
- Bleeding Kansas was like the JV game before the Civil War.
- When the war began, Lincoln turned to his most trusted general, Harvey E. Lee.
- As Mr. Miyagi once said, it is important to keep balance. Congress knew this when they admitted Maine and Missouri to the Union.
- Many slaves were black.

QUESTION 4: Deals with the role of women in causing reform during the Progressive era (1880-1920).
- *Now women had full equality. But was that REALLY so grand? Let's discuss...
- *In the 20s, women were smoking, drinking, and dressing more sketchedly.
- *The women's rights movement began in 1876 at the Serpent Fall Convention.
- *Just a couple of decades ago, women didn't have the right to vote.
- *Flappers were women, but new and improved!
- *The main motivational character for women was Rosie the Riveter. She was a strong woman with biceps. She would always flex her arm but she wore makeup. Her message was that she was pretty but talented as well. She was outstanding.
- *Women made a dent in history, and in the future.
- *Most importantly, men now know how to make their own sandwiches.
- *When the men left to fight the war, women were allowed to frolic in public.
- Progressive women were like ants: they worked in groups and got stuff done.
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton was an important flapper.
- Being a woman was considered a disease, as if you could catch it if you were male.
- Women fought for many years for equal pay and equal love from their bosses.
- The representative of the "new woman" was Molly Maguire.
- Seen throughout the Reading, women who were apparently progressives between 1880 and 1920: Dorothea Dix, Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem, Upton Sinclair, Eleanor Roosevelt, Sandra Day O'Connor, Jackie Onassis, Phylis Schlafly, Harriet Tubman, Abigail Adams, Hillary Clinton, Sonia Sotomayor

QUESTION 5: Deals with the importance of population shifts (suburbanization, immigration, Sunbelt) after WWII.
- The U.S. implemented the Monroe Doctrine to keep the Canadians out.
- The Baby Boom made the population sore.
- The Sun Belt was popular because our screen porches kept out bugs.
- The Sun Belt was a highway that stretched from California to Nevada.