The exam is three hours long and has two major parts – multiple choice and free response questions. The multiple choice section is worth 40% and the free response section is worth 60% of the final exam score.

Section I: Multiple Choice 

115 Questions; 1 hour

Part A: Five sets of questions on printed color images of works of art; 20 minutes. Topics include the function of works of art, patronage, period styles, chronology, and technique.

Part B: 40 minutes; Questions will cover a range of topics from the list below. Some questions may be based on black and white images included in your exam booklet.

Question topics will include:

I. Ancient Through Medieval (30%)

  • Greece and Rome (10%–15%)
  • Early Christian, Byzantine, Early Medieval (5%–10%)
  • Romanesque (3%–7%)
  • Gothic (7%–10%)

II. Renaissance to Present (50%)

  • Fourteenth Through Sixteenth Centuries (12%–17%)
  • Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries (10%–15%)
  • Nineteenth Century (10%–15%)
  • Twentieth Century and Contemporary Art* (10%–15%)

III. Beyond European Artistic Traditions (20%)

  • Africa (including ancient Egypt); the Americas; Asia; the ancient Near East, Oceania, and global Islamic tradition

It is important to remember that this outline is meant to be a guide only and should not be considered a complete list of topics or a preferred order of topics.

Total scores on the multiple-choice section are based on the number of questions answered correctly. Points are not deducted for incorrect answers and no points are awarded for unanswered questions.

Section II: Free Response

9 Questions; 2 hours

Part A — 2 long essay questions; 1 hour

Each 30 minute question will address significant art historical problems, including contextual, stylistic, chronological and patronage issues.

You are required to select and fully identify specific works of art as evidence in your essays, including at least one work of art from beyond the European tradition.

Part B — 6 short essay questions questions; 1 hour

Each 10 minute short essay question is based on one or two printed color images, and/or a quotation from a primary source or document.

In the free response section, Part A is worth 25% and Part B is worth 35% of your final exam score.

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