British Depth OCR Paper 2 EXEMPLAR


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History Exam help sheet for paper 2
The paper is 1hour and a half
You must write in either blue or black in.
Make the handwriting readable.
The paper is worth 50marks
Look for the title of the paper so you know which section is on. It will either on
Liberal reforms, the home front or Women's suffrage.
You should have ma a glossary of pages 170218 of Modern world History, this
will provide you with information to analyse the sources.
The first three steps to answering the source question is too read the caption
analyse the source
Only include your own wider knowledge if prompted to do so.
Use Mr Andrews sheet of keys terms to improve the type of vocabulary you
Look at the source caption when, where and who.
Read the background information because it focuses more on the subject.
Read the sources, usually there are about 7.
Highlight key pieces of information with a highlighter.
At the back of the exam you should write down any ideas you think of during
reading the sources.
You are advised to spend 10 minutes reading the sources.
Some examples of the past backgrounds for the source exam is
2004: How were people in Britain affected by the First World War?
The First World War put everybody in Britain in the `firing line' in a way which had never
happened before. There were also many limits on people's freedom because of government
and regulations. The War, however, also provided opportunities for men and women. It is
argued that life for everyone actually improved during the war. So, how were poeple in
Britain affected by the First World War?
2005: How affective were the liberal government welfare reforms?
After a massive victory in the general elections of January 1906, the liberal government
began to introduce many welfare reforms to help children, the old, the sick and the
unemployed. Liberals said it was natural to help poor people improve their living conditions.
Others have argued that the welfare reforms made little difference and the liberals were
trying to `buy' the support of the working classes to stay in power. So, did the welfare
reforms really make a difference to the poor?
2006: Did Government propaganda fail to convince the British public to support World War
When war broke out in 1914 Britain expected it to be over by Christmas. As the war
developed, the government increased its control over personal freedom and censored news
about the war. Some historians claim that by using propaganda the government was able to

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maintain support for the war. Other historians argue that such influence was not possible
because the war affected every aspect of British life. So, did government propaganda fail to
convince the British public to support the war?
Use a combination of skill and knowledge nature of the tasks in paper 2.
1. Source comprehension
2. Source analysis (analysing a source in relation to the questions asked.
3. Source evaluation. Usefulness/ reliability.
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others are being told to suspend theirs. It would be a perilous journey even if they wanted to
go to France for the holiday they are being offered.
Level 4 ­ Valid inference is supported by detail from the advertisement and put into context.
Danger of crossing the channel, inappropriate Britain was divided between rich and poor,
Edwardian Britain.
There was a danger of breakthrough in France holidays makers would have been stranded.…read more

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Question 5 ­ 2004 Paper
o Which source do you trust more in telling you about women war workers?
Use details of the source and your own knowledge to explain your answer.
Source E is unreliable because I know that Pankhurst was a pacifist and a member of the
WSPU. She uses words such as: "horrid", "poisonous varnish", "unconscious".
This is an example of suffragette propaganda. She is supporting her cause,
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Question 2: 11 minutes
Question 3: 11 minutes
Question 4: 11 minutes
Question 5: 16 minutes
Question 6: 19 minutes
Identify the sources in 2 ways:
1. Provenance ­ who when where
2. Brackets E
Do not sequence for the question such as A, B, C, D
Do agree or disagree, use own knowledge as you go along.
Test each source with contextual knowledge as you go along.
Level 3 Balanced answer, with specified detail support from sources.…read more

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The sources which disagree with this statement `For people in Britain during the First World
War life was good' are sources C, D and E.
Source C tells us of a Zeppelin attack on the east coastal defences and how everyone was
well prepared and there was no panic.…read more


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