There is a payoff in studying women's history. European History Advanced Placement high school students learned this in May 1978, when they had a chance to demonstrate knowledge of women's history in answering a document-based question dealing with the education of women from the time of the Renaissance to the early eighteenth century.
The Advanced Placement examination is divided into three parts: a multiple-choice section testing knowledge of the narrative history of Europe from 1450 to the present (75 minutes); one essay chosen from six topics dealing with major themes (45 minutes); and a required essay based on carefully selected and edited documents which students must read and synthesize (60 minutes). Neither students nor teachers have any advance knowledge of the examination. Essay questions and the required document-based question are a surprise.