The 71 tests in this assessment package have been designed around the primary goal of A History of US: understanding information, not memorizing. Each test checks understanding of chapter content, which is coordinated with the teaching guides for each volume of the A History of US set. A portion of the questions assess knowledge of key facts and chronology. The rest of the questions require students to use critical thinking skills such as making comparisons, synthesizing information, and drawing conclusions.
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