Writing a DBQ essay may seem a tough nut to crack, but it’s only on the surface. Remember, to get the full credit for the AP exam you need to know what you will face. It can seem that a DBQ essay is difficult, but more information about it will make you feel “I can do it.” Let’s explore what a DBQ essay is.
DBQ (document-based question) essay is a type of paper that is commonly used in the AP world, and European and US history exams. As it can be seen from the name, a DBQ essay is based on several documents that relate to a certain topic or period of time. The student’s aim will be working through the documents and finding out how these documents relate to each other, tendencies that can be seen through time, etc. Keep in mind that you won’t need to simply describe the events, as a DBQ essay is about analysis. Imagine that you are a historian that needs to analyze primary sources and determine cause and effect relationships between events. Continue reading