U.S. History & Government at Miller School

2017 Final Exam Essay Topics


Exam Structure;

  • Multiple Choice 60 Questions
  • Essays 4 Questions (Answer ALL of the questions.)




Essay Topics;

  1. The Declaration of Independence in US History: “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all Men are Created Equal. That they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights. That Among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”
    1. Compare and contrast the meaning of Thomas Jefferson’s famous phrase from 1776 to the realities of American society in the Present. In your answer be sure to discuss the similarities and differences in what “All Men are created Equal” means to Jefferson’s generation with today’s generation of Americans. Also, identify what you believe to be the turning point in America’s view of “equal.”

Be sure to support all claims in this essay with specific historical evidence from our year-long journey through US History.

Questions 2 and 3 are based on the following image:

“American Progress.” (1872). John Gast.

2. Explain the point of view reflected in the image above regarding the issue of western migration. Define the major concept that inspired the painting AND Identify and describe at least 3 elements in the image.

3. Explain how the point of view you identified in Part A influenced ONE specific United States government action between 1845 and 1860.

4. Compare and contrast the Cold War foreign policies of the following presidents.

  • Harry Truman (1945–1953) 
  • Richard Nixon (1969–1974)

Study Guidelines;

  • Use the Unit Tests for the ENTIRE year as the basis for the Multiple Choice Questions.
  • Essay Topics listed above
  • You may bring a One-Page Prep Sheet to the exam. Handwritten. Front Side only.


Navigating the blog

Welcome to the US History blog for 2016-2017! More info is up and active now, so you should browse around and get a feel for how the blog is laid out. The tabs along the top of the page, underneath the header, will link you to various useful tools, such as our class calendar and documents. First and foremost, you should read the Blog Rules page, which lays out the ground rules for using this blog. This is required reading! Once you’ve acquainted yourself with the rules of the road, read through the rest of the info in the pages. The Google calendar has useful school and class dates on it. It lists things like assemblies, lab days, and service days, as well as when major assignments like papers and tests are due. Under Course Documents, you can find the syllabus for the class, as well as the current unit’s assignment sheet. This assignment sheet has the class and homework assignments for each day in the unit, so you can plan ahead and manage your work load more easily. Finally, the Blog Assignments page will give you an outline of how we will collaboratively use this blog this year.

The Big DayJune 28th, 2017
The big day is here.