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This document gives the exam board's comments on what its markers considered to be good
answers to some of recent years' exam questions.

You should find the comments and examples very useful in developing your technique so that
you can…

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(c) The following were factors which threatened the Weimar Republic in 1923: (i) (ii) (iii) Which of these factors do you
think was the greatest threat? Explain your answer 29
(c) How effective was the Nazi control over Germany between 1933 and 1945? Explain your…

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Section A
An important general point: DO NOT SPEND TOO LONG ON SECTION A. You need to give
yourself plenty of time to write 3 essays in Sections B & C.

The Section A questions are often easy and you are tempted to use a…

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Section A Q1 (b)
Explain why the League of Nations failed in the 1930s [9]





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Level 1: Just a general assertion ­ e.g. `The League of Nations failed
because it was weak', and going on making similar comments... Max mark = 2 / 9

Level 2: Identifies reasons or describes reasons ­ e.g. `Economic sanctions did not
work'..., `The League…

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A photograph of a crowd in Austria on the arrival of the German Army, March 1938

In this question just make a valid interpretation of the photograph and support it using relevant details
for Level 3. Do not add information that is not relevant or…

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Level 2 Identifies reason(s) OR describes [35]

Level 3 Explains reason(s) [69]
[Detailed mark allocation as above on page 3]

Here is an answer which was awarded full marks in Level 3:

Hitler took over Austria for several reasons:
First, Adolf Hitler was Austrian, and…

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Section B
Q3 (a)
What limits did the Treaty of Versailles place on Germany's armed forces? [4]

A good answer just needs to state briefly the main limitations on Germany's armed forces as a
result of the Treaty of Versailles or describe some of them…

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An answer which was awarded full marks in Level 3 is given below.

At the Paris Peace Conference, Wilson was hoping for
a just peace. He didn't want Germany to be punished
too severely and he wanted the world to be more
united. He had…

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A summary of the mark scheme is given below and is followed by an answer which was awarded full
marks in Level 5.

N.B. Level 5 ­ "constructs an explanation" means you must do more than just pile up reasons.
You need to compare, contrast…

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