There will be three
sections to the test
Section A - Factual recall 30 marks
30 questions based on the
facts you have encountered in the four units. Most of the
answers will be one word, most questions will have
appeared in the quizzes I have built to help you.
This ought to be easy if you have learnt your facts.
Section B - Analysis of
documents 30 marks
You will be given a
sources of historical information.
You will be asked to compare and contrast two sources
and to conclude on to what extent they agree with each
You will be asked to evaluate the utility of sources in so far as it helps
you answer a particular historical questions. (OPCVL)
3R model to help with this, and if stuck always
concentrate on the value/limitation of the type of
source you are examining (e.g. diary is useful because
it was not intended for publication etc.) or its
provenance (who, what, when = why?). On the value of
different types of sources see
this section of my website.
will only include the types of sources we have
encountered so far. e.g. archeological records,
contemporary images (eg paintings, woodcuts), architecture,
statistics, documentary films, historians...
Section C - Structured response 40 marks
(Criterion A and C)
You will have one
descriptive question, two explanatory questions and one
debatable essay question.
These are the descriptive/explanatory questions you
need to be able to answer.
How did the feudal system work?
How did someone become a knight and what did they do?
How was the medieval village organised economically and
What was the function of medieval castles, how and why
did they develop?
What are the main features of castles and cathedrals?
How did they develop over time?
What was medieval monasticism? How and why did it
develop and with what consequences?
Why did towns begin to grow in the late middle ages?
What was a town charter?
What was the role of guilds in the medieval towns?
Why were universities founded?
What did Jews do in medieval Europe? How were they
What did Arabic civilisation contribute to medieval
What were the causes and consequences of the First
Why did so many Europeans go on Crusade?
What did medieval people believe caused the Black Death?
What caused the peasant revolts of the late 14th
Why was Pizarro able to conquer the Inca?
Why did the Renaissance begin in Italy?
What was medieval scholasticism?
Why was Humanism a paradigm shift in European
What were the similarities and differences between the
Renaissance in the north and south of Europe?
What criticisms did Martin Luther make of the Catholic
Who were the Lollards and the Hussites?
What were some of the main consequences of the Diet of
Worms up to 1525?
Explain the importance of the concept of Sola Fide.
What is iconoclasm?
What did Luther and Zwingli disagree about at Marburg
castle in 1529?
What reforms to the Catholic church did the Council of
Outline the main stages of a Spanish Inquisition
What is the Protestant work ethic?
What were the causes/consequences of St. Bartholomew's
What were the main causes/consequences of the English
Explain what was so radical about Scottish Calvinism.
How and why did nation states begin to emerge in the
What did the Treaty of Westphalia do?
Explain why the Dutch East India Company was so
Explain the difference between inductive and deductive
Outline the main features of the scientific revolution.
Briefly describe what is meant by enlightened despotism.
Explain the main differences in the ideas of John Locke
and Thomas Hobbes.
What was Tom Paine’s role in the American revolution?
What was the Boston Massacre of 1770?
Explain how the Boston Tea Party 1773 led to the battle
of Lexington 1775.
Why was the Tennis Court Oath so important to the French
You will write one essay from a choice of
three from the following questions.
Examine the importance of economics to the power of the
How far do you agree that the Black Death was a disaster
How important was religious proselytizing as a cause of
voyages of discovery?
Were the consequences of the voyages of discovery
How important was the role of Martin Luther as a cause
of the Reformation?
How important were Protestant ideas as a cause of the
How far do you agree that the Inquisition was central to
Catholic efforts to stop the spread of Protestantism?
How important was Calvinism to the development of
Capitalism in the 17th century?
Examine the role of Enlightenment ideas to the success
of the American Revolution.
How far do you agree that the French Revolution was
caused by economic factors?