PRAXIS II World and U.S. History: Content Knowledge (5941)

This exam is designed for individuals who would like to teach world and American history at the secondary level. You will be given 2 hours to complete this 120 multiple-choice question exam. The exam can be broken down into the following sections:

World History to 1450 C.E. – 30 questions
World History: 1450 C.E. to the Present – 30 questions
United States History to 1877 – 30 questions
United States History: 1877 to the Present – 30 questions
Historical Thinking Skills – 30 questions

American History from 1877 to the present
This section of the exam will cover recent developments, the Second World War, the Progressive era and the start of the United States. The questions regarding recent developments will cover international issues for America with Russia and the rest of the world, social and cultural impacts on the American family, energy and environmental issues, the federal government, political and economic developments of this period. Questions regarding the Second World War will cover social, cultural and political life in the 1950’s, foreign and domestic developments, the atomic age and; the cause and impact of the Second World War. The Progressive Era questions will cover social, economic, and cultural life in the 1920’s, the impact of the First World War, Mexican and international immigration, along with social and political developments from 1877 to the present time. Questions regarding the start of the United States will cover political, cultural, and social movements, Jim Crow legislation of the South, urban development issues, international movements, immigration, imperialism, and the displacement of Native Americans.

American History to 1877
This section of the exam will cover establishment of America as a nation, European colonization and exploration, Native Americans, and the geography of North America. Questions regarding the establishment of America as a nation (1776 – 1791) will cover the Bill of Rights, the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the American Revolution. The European colonization and exploration questions will cover the English colonies, slavery and the freedom of blacks, and European exploration of America. Questions regarding Native Americans will cover the cultural, economic, social, and political life of Native Americans prior to contact with Europeans. The geography of North America questions will cover climate patterns, physiographic regions, and the legs and continents of North America. This section of the exam will also cover the Civil War period and, the development of America from 1829 to 1850, and, 1791 to 1829. The Civil War questions will cover the abolitionist movement, the leaders, causes, and significant events of the Civil War and, the Civil War reconstruction period. Questions regarding the development of America from 1829 to 1850 will cover political issues and conflicts, geographic expansion and the displacement of Native Americans, industrialization, inventions, and the development of agriculture, the early labor movements, on and it and cultural and social issues. The questions regarding the development of America from 1791 to 1829 will cover economic development, foreign-policy issues, and social, cultural and political development.

World History: 1450 C.E. to the Present
This section of the exam will cover the Second World War, the First World War, interwar instability, the social and economic role of the state, and contemporary trends. Questions regarding the Second World War will cover causes and consequences of the war, the Holocaust, genocide and the 20th-century, neocolonialism, the global influence of the Cold War, and decolonization. The First World War questions will cover Russian revolutions and the causes and consequences of the First World War. Interwar instability questions will cover and anticolonialism, Germany, Japan, militarism and fascism in Italy, along with economic and political instability of China and Europe. Questions regarding the social and economic role of the state will cover the United Nations, the League of Nations, capitalism, socialism, communism, and movements to extend rights to minorities, social classes and women. The contemporary trend (1991 to present) questions will cover the new technologies, global culture, social and economic trends, environmental interdependence, the new Europe, the emergence of the Pacific Rim and worldwide geopolitical changes.
This section of the exam will also cover political and industrial revolutions from 1750 to 1914 and, global interactions from 1400 to 1800 C.E. The political and Industrial Revolution from 1750 to 1914 questions will cover imperialism, nationalism, socialism, Marxism, liberalism, urbanization, industrialization, the French Revolution, the American Revolution, Latin American independence movements, revolutionary movement and reformist movements. Questions regarding global interactions from 1400 to 1800 C.E. will cover global and cultural diffusion, and movement of goods and people, the scientific revolution, European Reformation and Renaissance, transition to a market economy, development of centralized states, the impact of slavery on Africa, and cultural contact between America, Africa, and Asia. There also be questions regarding China and Japan’s stance against the acceptance of European culture.

World History to 1450 C.E.
This section of the exam will cover the decline of classic civilizations (500 to 1400 C.E.), ancient empires and civilizations, the development of cities, and human society up the 3000 B.C.E. Questions regarding the decline of classic civilizations (500 to 1400 C.E.) will cover Ming, Tang, and Song China, the rise and fall of Islamic civilization, nomadic migrations of Mongols and Huns, Andean and Mesoamerican cultures, the emergence of Russia, Eastern Europe, and the Byzantine Empire, and feudalism in Japan and central Europe. The ancient empires and civilizations questions will cover the development of world religions, the Zhou and Han dynasties of China, Daoism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and the Vedic age of India, Judaism in Persia and Israel, and Zoroastrianism. There also will be questions regarding the Nok, Axum, Kush and, Bantu migrations of Africa and; the Roman Republic, the Hellenistic World, early Greece and Christianity and a section of the exam. Questions regarding the development of cities (3000 to 1500 B.C.E.) will cover city development in Mesoamerica, the Indus River Valley, Africa, Mesopotamia, and the Huang He River Valley. The human society, up to 3000 B.C.E. questions will cover animal husbandry, the development of settled agriculture in the Neolithic age, and a hunting and gathering societies of the Paleolithic age.

Praxis II World and American History: Content Knowledge Practice Questions