Advanced Placement is being redesigned to test more conceptual understanding. These are draft examples of the types of questions that will be found on the new U.S. history test.
New Sample Questions
CollegeBoard APUSH Sample questions 2004-2010
"[T]he new plans divide United States history into nine time periods and seven overarching themes. But instead of requiring students to memorize the dates of the Pequot War — which, for those of you who forgot, occurred from 1634 to 1638 and eliminated the Pequot tribe in what is now Connecticut — teachers will have more leeway to focus on different events in teaching students how to craft historical arguments." (Rethinking Advanced Placement)