If you’d like to know what the prompts and documents were for the 2022 AP European History free-response questions, you can download them here, on The College Board’s website.

Click here to access Tom Richey’s sample responses for the Short-Answer Question (SAQ) section of the 2022 AP European History exam.

Click here to access Tom Richey’s sample response to the 2022 AP European History DBQ on the English Civil War.

Watch Tom Richey’s overview of these free-response questions here.

Based off of an excerpt from Margaret Jacob’s The Secular Enlightenment, 2019, this was Question 1 on the short answer question section of the 2022 APUSH Exam.

1. Using the excerpt, respond to parts a, b, and c.

a) Describe the main argument the author makes about the Enlightenment in the passage.

b) Explain how one piece of evidence not in the passage supports the author’s claims regarding the Enlightenment.

c) Explain how secularization as described in the passage influenced one political change in the period 1750 to 1850.

Question 2 of the short-answer section was based off of a painting by Thomas Benjamin Kennington called The Pinch of Poverty, 1891. Question 2 asked:

2.
a) Describe the attitude toward poverty expressed in the painting.

b) Describe a broader context in which the painting was produced

c) Explain one way in which reformers during the late 1800s and early 1900s attempted to address the problems of poverty in Europe

Questions 3 and 4 of the short answer section were as follows:

3. Respond to parts a, b, and c.

a) Describe one significant cultural or intellectual change during the Renaissance.

b) Explain one cause of cultural or intellectual change during the Renaissance.

c) Describe a significant difference between the art of the Italian Renaissance and the art of the Protestant Reformation.

4.Respond to parts a, b, and c.

a) Describe one significant change in the relationship between Western Europe and other parts of the world after 1945.

b) Explain one cause for a change in the relationship between Western Europe and other parts of the world after 1945.

c) Describe one continuity in the economic relationship between Western Europe and other parts of the world in the period from the late 1800s through the late 1900s.

Section II of the AP European History free-response section comprises of a document-based question (DBQ) and one long essay question (LEQ), which you can choose to answer from three different prompts.

Question 1, the document-based question on the 2022 APUSH Exam asked test takers to:

1. Evaluate whether the English Civil War (1642-1649) was motivated primarily by religious reasons or primarily by political reasons.

For the long essay questions, students were asked to respond to one of the following prompts:

2. Evaluate the most significant similarity between the French Revolution of 1789-1799 and the Revolutions of 1848.

3. Evaluate the most significant difference between economic development in eastern Europe and economic development in western and central Europe in the 1800s.

4. Evaluate the most significant similarity between the regimes of Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia in the interwar period.

Watch Tom Richey’s overview of these free-response questions here.

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