Day 6: The best DBQ?

My revised version of the 2009 legacy DBQ: 2009 Revised DBQ

In my opinion, and the opinion of the chief reader, this was one of the best DBQs that the College Board has put together.  According to the scoring commentary,

“Unlike the pattern of most recent DBQs, these documents could not be simply “jigsawed” into categories of response. Many of the nine documents (most notably 3, 4, 6, and 7) had internal evidence that demonstrated multiple African responses. Given the richness and diversity of the sources, students could use individual documents in a variety of ways to represent different African responses to European imperialism.”

I kept all of the documents with this internal evidence that provides obvious opportunities to demonstrate complexity.  I ended up cutting documents 2 and 9 from the legacy DBQ.  This seemed to leave most of the common groupings intact.

The prompt has been modified from the original “actions and reactions” to the more general “responses,” and from the “European Scramble for Africa” to “European imperialism during the last nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.”  The idea of the “Scramble” seems like something that students will have to provide in their own writing on the broader historical context of the DBQ.


Let me know what you think of this revision!

2 thoughts on “Day 6: The best DBQ?

  1. Diane says:

    Thanks for the revised DBQ. However, I am confused I thought that the synthesis point is no longer part of the DBQ. I was going to use this to walk my students through the DBQ so I want to make sure that it is correct Thanks

    • Dave says:

      Synthesis is indeed out, and I’m not sure why it is still in the instructions. Matt handled that exercise – I’ll message him and see if he knows!

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