The Long Essay Question - LEQ
Section II, Part B of the AP Exam consists of a choice among three long essay questions from different time spans of the course.

Students choose from the 3 long essay questions, which deal with periods 1–2, periods 3–4, or periods 5–6 of the course.

The 3 question options all address the same theme and assess the same reasoning skill.
Students must develop an argument and support it with an analysis of specific, relevant historical evidence of their choosing. Long essay questions ask about large-scale topics specifically mentioned in the concept outline, but they are framed to allow students to provide in-depth discussion of specific examples drawn from the concept outline or from classroom instruction.


THESIS/CLAIM: Responds to the prompt with a historically defensible thesis/claim that establishes a line of reasoning.

CONTEXTUALIZATIONDescribes a broader historical context
relevant to the prompt.

PT 1: Provides specific examples of evidence relevant to the topic of the prompt.
PT 2: Supports an argument in response to the prompt using specific & relevant examples of evidence.

PT 1: Uses historical reasoning (e.g. comparison, causation, CCOT) to frame or structure an argument that addresses the prompt.
PT 2: Demonstrates a complex understanding of the historical development that is the focus of the prompt, using evidence to corroborate, qualify, or modify an argument that addresses the question.


LEQ Organizer

LEQ Comparative Prompt - 1st Timed-Writing
History of the World in Six Glasses

Tips on Writing Thesis Statements

LEQ #2 - 2014/2015 Comparative Prompts

2015 - LEQ - Comparative - Trading Networks

2014 - LEQ - Comparative - Religion & Politics

In essence, the FRQ in history is a "Law & Order" exercise.
1st Step: Investigate the prompt (question).
Investigate a crime (murder).
The "body" is QuestLove - Drummer & bandleader of The Roots. :)
2nd: Gather & analyze evidence then ask questions about what prior knowledge you have about the prompt.
Gather & analyze evidence then ask questions of witnesses, relatives/friends, & persons of interest.

3rd: Identify the answer to the prompt & form a thesis (answer) for the prompt.
Identify the criminal who did the crime & form a motive for the crime.

4th: Organize the evidence, consider point of view, begin to plan a basic outlined approach to build a convincing solution.
Organize the evidence, interview witnesses, work with the court to prepare for trial.
5th: Introduction and declare your thesis statement: Answer to the question using a brief introduction to the evidence that will be presented in the essay to prove thesis.
In the courtroom, make your opening statement: Murder used weapon in location to kill and give brief motive and explanation of evidence that will prove your assertion correct.
Just like the opening statement, the thesis is a BIG part of the case. You are telling the jury what you will prove.
6th: Present the evidence by using a topic sentence and evidence to back it in each paragraph.
Present evidence and call witnesses to verify motive, location, ability to commit the crime, all showing beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused committed the crime.
While presenting evidence, think "Does this support my thesis?"
7th: Conclude your essay by driving your thesis home in a convincing fashion.
Closing statement drives home the opening statement and jury is convinced the accused is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Drive home your thesis. Remember to use analysis (the how & why).