How to answer a history paper- Tips and Extra


Question 1- A "describe" or "explain" question.

  •  Write down short notes on EVERY point you want to add.
  •  Make sure that there are 4 points
  • Write the 4 points with some explanation but not too much or you will run out of time.
  • DO NOT take more than 5 minutes.


01. In June 1914 Gavrilo Princip, a member of the Black Hand Gang, assissinated Franz Ferdinand, the Archduke of Austria Hungary at Saravejo. Describe how this assassination led to the outbreak of the First World War.

When Archduke Franz Ferdinand was murdered, Austria Hungary saw this as an oppurtunity to start war. This led to Austria Hungary giving Serbia a treaty that was so harsh that was was inevitable. Seria could only meet nine of the terms and asked for more time on control of the police and judicary. Germany thought that this was reasonable and backed Austria Hungary, meaning that they could bomb Belgrade and Serbia would declare war on them.

Question 2- A source question

  • Decide whether you are going to argue for or against the statement at the beginning.
  • Write down all of the facts that you know for or against on the sheet in note form.
  • Label and circle all of the things that need to be questioned when questioning reliability of the source. Make sure to include, who it was made by, when it was made and why it was made.
  • Seperate your answer in to 2 parts. Answer the question and whether the source is reliable, being specific to the source.
  • Take around 10 minutes to answer this question.


02. Source A suggests that Britain needed a navy to defend itself. Do you agree that this was the main reason for the Anglo German Naval Race between 1906 and 1914? Explain your answer by referring to the purpose of the source as well as using its content and your knowledge.

Source A

From a speech by Winston Churchill, the British Government minister in charge of the Royal Navy, 1912.

"Britain needs a navy to defend itself; for us the Royal Navy is a necessity. For Germany, a navy is more like a luxury."

The source is correct as Britain did need a Navy. Britai is an island, meaning that the main mode of attack at the time would be oversea, considering that airforce strength was limitted. Germany however, expanded the navy as part of the Kaiser's Weltpolitik, which scared Britain as they had the biggest navy. Germany did not need the navy as much as it was a land locked country. The Naval Race began when Britain built the first Dreadnought, which Germany made their own version of. When the


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