SAT II U.S. History For Dummies
The pain-free way to review U.S. history and maximize your score
You have 60 minutes to answer (gulp) 90 questions on U.S. history, potentially covering everything from Leif Ericson to 9/11. How do you avoid a nervous breakdown and score your best? This hands-on guide delivers just what you need -- a thorough review of American history, plus two complete practice tests and lots of insider tips and strategies to help you boost your score.
Discover how to
* Recognize wrong answers
* Zero in on the best answer
* Manage your time
* Minimize test-taking anxiety
* Familiarize yourself with the format
Part I: Putting the SAT II U.S. History in Perspective.
Chapter 1: Getting the Lowdown on the SAT II.
Chapter 2: Maximizing Your Score on the SAT II.
Part II: The Birth of a Nation.
Chapter 3: Land Ho! Mastering the Age of Exploration, 1100s–Early 1600s.
Chapter 4: Everything Old Is New Again: Life in the Colonies, 1620–1760.9
Chapter 5: We the People: The Fight for Independence, 1763–1800.
Part III: America’s Childhood Years.
Chapter 6: Jeffersonian Democracy and Nationalism, 1800–1824.
Chapter 7: Strife and Controversy in the Jacksonian Era, 1820–1842.
Chapter 8: Romanticism, Revolution, and Reform, 1820–1860.
Chapter 9: Sibling Rivalry: Building Up to and Waging the Civil War, 1850–1865.
Part IV: America as a Young Adult.
Chapter 10: Picking Up the Pieces: Reconstruction, 1865–1896.
Chapter 11: Reaching Boundaries: The End of the Frontier, 1860–1900.
Chapter 12: America’s Second Industrial Revolution, 1860–1900.
Chapter 13: Imperialism at the Turn of the Century, 1890–1914.
Part V: America Becomes a Grown-Up.
Chapter 14: Stepping Forward: The Progressive Era, 1900–1920.
Chapter 15: World War I and Postwar Diplomacy, 1914–1920.
Chapter 16: Throwing Caution to the Wind: The Roaring ’20s.
Chapter 17: Crash and Burn: The Great Depression and the New Deal of the 1930s.
Chapter 18: Coming Out of Our Shell: World War II, 1936–1945.
Part VI: America in Middle Age.
Chapter 19: Keeping Cool: Truman, Eisenhower, and the Cold War, 1945–1960.
Chapter 20: A New Revolution: The Kennedy and Johnson Years, 1960–1968.
Chapter 21: Challenging Authority: Vietnam and the 1970s.
Chapter 22: Moving Ahead: The United States at the Turn of the Century, 1980–Present.
Part VII: Practice Makes Perfect: Full-Length Practice Tests.
Chapter 23: Pulling It All Together, Part I: Practice Test 1.
Chapter 24: Explaining the Answers to Practice Test 1.
Chapter 25: Pulling It All Together, Part II: Practice Test 2.
Chapter 26: Explaining the Answers to Practice Test 2.
Part VIII: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 27: Ten Influential American Leaders.
Chapter 28: Ten Crucial Presidencies.