International School History - European Schools - S5

S5 History

Last update - 10 December 2015

Official European School History 4-5 Syllabus: English, French, German.

Which topics should I revise?

You only need to be able to answer the following questions:

How did the Enlightenment change political thinking?
What were the causes of the American Revolution?
What were the causes of the French Revolution?
How did the king lose power after 1789?
Why was there so much violence in 1792?
Why was Louis XVI executed?
What were the causes and consequences of the 'Terror'?

How well do you know your facts?

Try these quizzes.

The Enlightenment
The American Revolution
Causes of the French Revolution

Want a look at some past papers?

Xmas 2009
Xmas 2010
Xmas 2011
Xmas 2012
Xmas 2013 and Markscheme
Xmas 2014 and Markscheme

Xmas 2015 and Markscheme

Remember that the format is not the same every year.

Xmas Exam 2015

There will be two sections worth 50 marks in total.

Section A - Source Analysis - You will be given three sources and asked three questions. It is worth 25 marks.

Q1 - You will be asked to define or explain words or a phrases that you studied this year. The question will also test your general knowledge of one of the key events you have studied this year. This question is worth 6 marks.

Q2 - There are two parts. You will interpret a source and then you will be expected to evaluate the usefulness of it. Usefulness means, how useful the source is as evidence about a particular event in the past. You should identify both strengths and weaknesses of the source. For example, how relevant is the source? Does the source contain a lot of useful information or information that helps us understand the past event? Does the source provide reliable information about the past? Can it be trusted to tell the truth? This question is worth 11 marks.

The three Rs model should remind you of the sort of things you need to consider.

The usefulness of sources

This section of the website provides a detailed examination of the usefulness of the most popular types of source found in examination. It also available as a simplified

Q3 - You will be asked to compare and contrast two of the sources. This means you should identify similarities and differences between the sources, how far they agree and disagree. This question is worth 8 marks.


Section B - Structured Response -
You will be given two sources and asked three questions. It is worth 25 marks.

Q4 - You will be asked to define or explain words or a phrases that you studied this year. It is worth 6 marks, so keep your answer short and relevant.

Q5 (a) - You will be asked to explain in brief an important aspect of the course this year. You can use the sources to help you but you should also use your own knowledge. This is only worth 7 marks so keep your answer concise.

Q5 (b) - You will be asked to explain in detail one of the important events you have studied this year.

How did the Enlightenment change political thinking?
What were the causes of the American Revolution?
What were the causes of the French Revolution?
How did the king lose power after 1789?
Why was there so much violence in 1792?
Why was Louis XVI executed?
What were the causes and consequences of the 'Terror'?

This question is worth 12 marks so your answer should be reasonably detailed, well structured and supported with factual evidence.

For further advice about revising for exams see John D Clare's website and my advice to Bac students.

 

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