to the SAT II U.S. History
two children, Eloise and Bartholomew, racing in the
forest. Who will win—Eloise, who never stumbles because she knows
the placement of every tree and all the twists and turns and hiding
spots, or Bartholomew, who keeps falling down and tripping
over roots because he doesn’t pay any attention to the landscape?
The answer is obvious. Even if Bartholomew is a little faster and
more athletic, Eloise will win because she knows how to navigate
the landscape and use it to her advantage.
This example of a race in the forest illustrates a point:
in the metaphor, the forest is the structure of the SAT II, and
the competition is taking the test. In this chapter we’re going
to describe the “landscape” of the SAT II U.S. History: what topics
the questions cover, what the questions look like, and how the questions
are organized. In the next chapter, we’ll show you the strategies
that will allow you to navigate and use the landscape to get the
best score you can.