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:
Same theme
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.
LEQ choice not only for which topic, but how you choose to develop an argument. Compare? Change & Continuity Over Time? Causation? Be sure to think like a historian and develop one of these types of arguments. 

1. Thesis that makes a claim you can defend. 2. Explain historical context. 3. Use one of the historical reasoning skills below.

Contextualization will be a skill that is used in each essay. 

Comparison, Causation, & Continuity and Change Over Time are reasoning skills for our essays. However, we often use those historical reasoning skills in Multiple Choice format and also even on the Document-Based Question and Short Answer Questions. 


LEQ Organizer

2012 LEQ Comparative Columbian Exchange

2009 LEQ Comparative: Racial Ideologies

CONTEXTUALIZATION: Describes a broader historical context relevant to the prompt.


2010 LEQ Comparative - Racial Ideologies

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

Don't be like SpongeBob

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).