Answering Question B's

Specific advice for Question B

Question B focuses on the analysis and evaluation of interpretations rather than on the content of sources.

1.Use contextual knowledge - on Qb, 24 of the 40 marks are awarded for your own knowledge! Use this information to put the sources into context and to question the interpretation, and to bring new points into the argument.

2. Weigh up the evidence especially if is asks you for a judgement, eg Do you agree...

3. Interrogate each interpretation – evaluate it on the strengths and weaknesses of the opinion shown.

4. Assess the merits of each source and question how valid the interpretation is. Do not get drawn into questioning the reliability of the source based on the provenance – this is not assessed in Qb!

5. You will ultimately be asked to assess ‘do you agree…’. Therefore ensure you develop a balanced answer and conclusion.

General advice

1. Plan your answers before you start writing.

2. The number of marks is proportional to the time you have (20 marks = 20 minutes). Remember to give yourself 10 minutes planning time for each question and use the full amount of time. Dont just dive in!

3. Use the sources as the basis of your answer. This will help keep you focussed. Remember to give examples from the sources to support your argument.

4. Develop inferences (what does the source suggest to you?) and support these with evidence.

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