Multiple Choice Strategies
- Cover the answers and read the question (quietly)
out loud to your self.
Determine exactly what is being asked. (This is where they try to trick you.) Understanding
exactly what the question is asking is the single most important task in
answering it. It will take 10
extra seconds and may result in up to 10 extra test points.
- Uncover the answers and pay attention to which
one “jumps” out at you, intuition is not a far off fantasy concept but
your mind answering the question before your brain gets in the way. If you know the answer, lets say 85-100% sure, go ahead and choose it. If you have a gut feeling, or
you’re clueless, keep on reading
- “”””””Document Based Questions “”””””””” (Multiple Choice or DBQers)
Think of these questions
as fishing trips. After
understanding what you’re being questioned about (the bait), go find it in the
document (water). Knowing that the
answer is IN the “ quote” is powerful knowledge. Do not choose an answer unless you can find it in the
- Keep this in mind. Answers in many cases will include;
A throw away answer that
isn’t related to the topic.
An answer that sounds
good because it contains truthfulness, but it may be correct for another
An answer that is
related to the question but is incorrect.
The correct answer. Usually a thesis answer, broad and
- Process of elimination. Never guess! You can always increase your
- Unless you’re absolutely sure, always avoid 100%
answers. Absolutes in
history are rare, history isn’t mathematics. There are a few exceptions (14th amendment.
Elastic clause, etc.) But getting rid of answers with these nasty little
buggers is a good idea. Here
are some 100% words;
absolutely always none
- Get rid of the throw away answer, cross it out.
- Hopefully you have only 2 (maybe 3) answers
left. If there are 3 left,
look for the two that are similar. Pick the one that is broad. Remember the answers will be more
of an umbrella of history rather than a raindrop.
- If you are unsure go with your first instinct.
5. Chronology is important, remember the
questions go in order (for the most part),
example; don’t pick a containment answer before WWII (?’s Around mid 30’s)
neutrality answers after WWII.
- If there is anything in the question you can
use write it down or underline it.
You may use it in an essay later.
For a 1 or 2
do something in the advice for a 3
For a 3
write down everything you can about the topic. Go back and look for help
in the multiple choices. Do
this for no more than 10minutes.
Even with limited knowledge you can squeak out a 3.
is essential for a 3. You
MUST have at a minimum 4 paragraphs.
One long paragraph will earn you a 1 and a ticket to summer
reword the THEME and the TASKS informing us of your choices. TRY to end your opener with a
thesis, a big idea, something beyond the theme and task. 4 sentences
+ (My name is Fred. How are you? ----- Isn’t a
be a soldier, attack each task directly. And then elaborate, define a vocabulary word, analyze,
compare, evaluate. AND then do the next task. Repeat in the third paragraph for the second example.
(also referred to as the conclusion) what is a conclusion? I don’t know, so I like
evaluation. First of all
repeat the theme and hopefully the common idea/thesis/big idea/umbrella
statement. AND then everyone
can try to evaluate. Answer
this question. Was the essay
positive or negative, why?
Are we better off with the past, did we progress? Or do we learn a
valuable lesson about a mistake.
ALL, Answer ALL of the tasks.
Write your essay to the tasks. You may elaborate, in fact please do, but once a task
is answered, hit the next one.
Read your essay back making sure you have answered all the tasks.
For a 4/5
one, a 4 and a 5 look and read better. There is “flow” a flow of an idea rather than a robot
written task orientated essay.
SAY something; show us you really understand the THEME. Compare, analyze, and put together
a puzzle for us.
must have a thesis/big idea/lesson learned in your opener beyond what was
given to you. Be clear to
use your essay to yes answer ALL tasks, but go beyond that and show us how
your examples prove your thesis.
Try to link it to that idea.
Be a lawyer, prove something.
sure to really evaluate, what are the lessons? Try to use current events
if they are relatable. For example:
9/11 War (Iraq/Afghanistan)
WWII= Pearl Harbor
Civil Rights limited
WWII= Korematsu v US