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External Assessment Paper 1
Structure § § 1 Hour HL 20% SL 30% Answer 4 questions on 1 of 3 Prescribed Topics § Mark out of 25
Structure Question 1 § Explain importance (SL) and understanding (SL) Question 2 § Compare and contrast 2 source SL Question 3 § 2 sources OPVL Question 4 § Evaluate sources and Contextual Knowledge
Question 1 § Generally the worst done of the questions § Careless points dropped § If it is worth 3 points - write 3 points § There will be more background info given for the visual/cartoon sources
Question 2 § § Statistically the best done Integrated approach is the best Discourage bullet points Compare and contrast with good linkage
Question 3 § § § Don’t link the two sources OPVL point-form is OK Don’t note that it being a translation is a limitation Don’t note that it being an excerpt is a limitation Stay away from “primary” & “secondary” “Secondary source” is often noted as a limitation false § Think in terms of “What can the source tell me and what can’t the source tell me? ” for strengths and limitations § Note when relevant background of writer
Question 4 § BOTH knowledge & sources must be used § Don’t waste time writing an introduction and conclusion - thesis is good § Relate everything back to the question § Determine your point of view (thesis) and stick to it
General Strategies § Don’t quote at length, but reference the docs § Note how origin impacts truthfulness § Stay away from mere paraphrasing repetition or summary of docs. . . § Focus on interpretation & analysis § Allot time roughly based on point value
Skills § § Understand historical sources Explain the importance of historical sources Evaluate historical sources as evidence Demonstrate an understanding of historical context § Evaluate and synthesize sources from both historical sources and background knowledge
Route 2 Prescribed Subjects § Peacemaking and peacekeeping international relations, 1918 -1936 § The Arab Israeli conflict, 1945 -1979 § Communism in Crisis, 1976 -89
Prescribed Subject 1 § Aims of the participants and peacemakers: Wilson and the Fourteen Points § Terms of the treaties § Impact of the treaties in Europe § Enforcement, US isolationism, conferences § League of Nations § Ruhr Crisis § Depression a & threats to Peace - Manchuria & Abyssinia
Prescribed Subject 2 § Last years of British mandate, UNSCOP, partition, civil war § British withdrawal, establishment of Israel, ‘ 48’ 49 war § Demographic shifts, economic development § Suez crisis § Arabism & Zionism, emergence of PLO § 6 Day War and October 1973 War § Role of USA, USSR, UN § Camp David & Egyptian Israeli Agreement
Prescribed Subject 3 § Post Mao struggle for power § China under Deng Xiaoping - economic policies, 4 modernizations § China under Deng Xiaoping - political changes up to Tiananmen Square § Domestic and Foreign problems in the Brezhnev era § Gorbachev aims/policies § Consequences of Gorbachev in eastern Europe
Analyzing Documents § Who created the document? § When and where was the document created? How would this effect the analysis? § Why was the created (Purpose)? § § § To persuade? To record? Private communication? Public comment? To inform?
Analyzing a Document § What does the document say? § To what extent can the document be trusted? § What does the document tell a historian? § What other information would be helpful for the historian? § How does the document fit with other sources on the same topic?
Analyzing a Political Cartoon § § § When and where was the cartoon produced? To what event is the cartoon referring? What individuals or groups are portrayed? What symbolism is being used? Are any of the characters being portrayed positively or negatively – who is the cartoonist poking fun at? § What is the overall opinion of the cartoonist?