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AP Skills 2: The DBQ Question Points: 100 Introduction: As you are probably aware, the FRQ (Free Response Questions) section of the test consists of three essay questions. The DBQ or Document Based Question is designed to test your ability to work with historical documents which is the "bread & butter" of what historians do. Below are some helpful tips and practice DBQs. Directions: Read the help sheet on the DBQ then write essays for the 3 practice DBQs. Submit those to the drop box. Help Sheet: A GUIDE TO WRITING A DBQ The purpose of the DBQ (Document Based Question) is not to test your knowledge of the subject, but rather to evaluate your ability to practice the historians craft. You will be required to work with the documents and use them to answer a question. Writing the DBQ is an acquired skill, one that takes practice. You should not get discouraged if you do not "get it" right away. The goal is to acquire the skill by May. Remember that there is actually no right or wrong answer. Your answer is YOUR interpretation of the content of the documents. As long as your answer is logical and your interpretation is supported by the content of the document you are correct. The following is your guide to writing a successful DBQ. HISTORICAL CONCERNS I. Read carefully the question prompt and the, historical background. Underline the tasks demanded and the terms which are unique to the question. 2. Read the documents carefully. a. Make sure that you understand the content of the document. b. What is the author's Point of View (POV). c. Where is the tension? 1. Are there people from the same place with differing POV?
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