The only stand-alone test-prep product for this important exam
Subject reviews of every topic covered on the test
Includes two full-length practice tests with detailed answer explanations
Other titles by Jocelyn L. Paris: CliffsNotes Praxis II: Elementary Education and CliffsNotes Praxis II: Fundamental Subjects Content Knowledge
Jocelyn L Paris
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I take my exam tomorrow. I have read through this book in some detail and have found it to be quite sloppy. Here are four examples from Chapter 2 (U.S. History) and Chapter 3 (World History):
1) On page 38, the Bill of Rights is summarized, with the ten entries listed as Article I, Article II, etc. The Bill of Rights is actually the collective term for the first ten amendments to the Constitution, as in the 1st Amendment (freedom of speech, etc), 2nd Amendment (right to bear arms), etc. This is very poor.
2) Pages 42-44 provide tables summarizing key points of the Civil War. Each table represents a different year from 1861-1864. The events at Appomattox are listed in the 1864 table, when they actually occurred in April of 1865. There is no 1865 table at all, giving one the impression that the Civil War ended in 1864. Not good...
3) On page 72, it is written that "Islam immerged..." rather than "Islam emerged..." - YIKES!
I should have read Paul's review before buying this book. It is so bad it's almost funny. He was generous to give it 2 stars. The mistakes blow my mind. According to Ms. Paris, the Berlin Blockade was enacted by the USSR to prevent goods from getting into West GERMANY, not West BERLIN. (West Berlin was surrounded by East Germany, hence easy to blockade. West Germany would have been a bit harder to blockade). Ms. Paris also says the Spanish Civil War started in 1939. It started in 1936. Regarding the U.S. Civil War, Ms. Paris says "anti-war sediment" grew in the North and that submarines were "generated". She also states that the U.S. "denied joining the League of Nations" on page 53 (does that mean they joined but didn't want anyone to know?!?). I'm sure there are many more examples, but I gave up by page 58. I bought this to help me study for the Praxis, but this book would do more harm than good. It is truly an abortion of a study guide.
I also wish I had read the reviews before purchasing this book.
I'll take a leap of faith and say that the author surely does not believe that the French were victorious in the French and Indian War (page 30) and attribute this lapse to sloppy editing. Also, Delaware is listed as a colony from the Lower South, while Virginia and Maryland appear to be colonies in both the lower and upper south (page 29). I'm also led to that conclusion by the fact that some of the writing looks as if the author is unfamiliar with common English usage ("Boston colonists organized a cease to trading with Britain" and "the colonists united and became more adamant in their determination to succeed from the Crown." A cease to trading? Succeed from the Crown? This looks like poor editing to me!
Jiminy, and I'm only on page 33 - who knows what other laughable moments await?
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