Answering the Document Based Question

Higher Level
Ordinary Level

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ANSWERING CASE STUDY QUESTIONS – HIGHER LEVEL

THE CASE STUDIES

The case Studies have been taken from Dictatprship and Democracy 1920-1945
They may be any ONE of the following:

• The Nuremburg Rallies
• The Jarrow March 1936
• Stalin’s Show Trials

CASE STUDY: 100 marks
Here is the weighting that is given to the various types of questions:

• Comprehension: 20 marks
• Comparison: 20 marks
• Criticism: 20 marks
• Contextualisation: 40 marks

Comprehension: This question may be sub-divided into 3 or 4 parts. It is designed to test your understanding of a source.

Comparison: The question may be divided into two parts. This is designed to test with your ability to compare and contrast two different sources which deal with the same event You might be asked to detect bias, selectivity etc. You MUST refer to both documents when answering each part of the question.

Criticism: This question may be divided into two parts. You may be required to study the document as a source and to recognise propaganda, different viewpoints, contradiction, objectivity etc. You might be asked to assess reliability, usefulness etc.

Contextualisation: This is worth the most marks and here you are expected to use your knowledge of the topic to show an understanding of the issues and events associated with those issues. Here the advice seems to be to make whatever information you give relevant to the question. The examiner in this section will mark according to paragraph or paragraph equivalents. He will give a cumulative mark (Max = 24) for two paragraphs or paragraph equivalents. The emphasis is not on quantity but quality – relevance, focus and knowledge.

Marks will be awarded as follows:
CM: 2 x paragraphs @ max 12 = 24

Excellent: 11-12 marks
Very good: 8-10 marks
Good: 6-7 marks
Fair: 4-5 marks
Inadequate: 3 marks or less.
The cumulative mark will be given according to the quality and range of the material that is used. You should definitely aim to include relevant, accurate and substantial factual information.

There is also the Overall evaluation mark.
The maximum OE mark is 16
OE: 13-16 = very good/excellent
9-12 = very good/good
5-7 = fair
1-4 = weak.
The overall evaluation mark is given according to how concisely and correctly the candidate deals with the set question and how well he/she shows a command of the case study and its context in the wider scheme of the Topic.

N.B. THIS 60:40 SPLIT IN THE PROPORTION OF THE MARKS IS THE SAME FOR THE ESSAY QUESTIONS.
i.e. 60% = cumulative mark and the marking is by paragraph. 40%= overall evaluation.

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ANSWERING CASE STUDY QUESTIONS – ORDINARY LEVEL

THE CASE STUDIES

The case Studies have been taken from Dictatprship and Democracy 1920-1945
They may be any ONE of the following:

• The Nuremburg Rallies
• The Jarrow March 1936
• Stalin’s Show Trials

CASE STUDY: 100 marks
Here is the weighting that is given to the various types of questions:

• Comprehension: 40 marks
• Comparison: 20 marks
• Criticism: 20 marks
• Contextualisation: 20 marks

Comprehension: This question is sub-divided into 5 parts. It is designed to test your understanding of a source. There are 8 marks available for each part.

Comparison: The question may be divided into two parts. This is designed to test with your ability to compare and contrast two different sources which deal with the same event You might be asked to detect bias, selectivity etc. You MUST refer to both documents when answering each part of the question.

Criticism: This question may be divided into two parts. You may be required to study the document as a source and to recognise propaganda, different viewpoints, contradiction, objectivity etc. You might be asked to assess reliability, usefulness etc. Two points to support answer = 5M + 5M for each part of the question.

Contextualisation: This is worth 20 marks and here you are expected to use your knowledge of the topic to show an understanding of the issues and events associated with those issues. Here the advice seems to be to make whatever information you give relevant to the question. The question is marked on the principle of a Core Statement.

A Core Statement may be defined as one of the following:
• A significant factual statement which is relevant to the question asked
• A valid explanation, opinion or comment which is relevant to the question asked
• A significant introductory OR concluding statement which is relevant to the question asked

To apply the principle of marking by Core Statement, examiners will proceed as follows:
• Having read the answer, it should be broken up into Core Statements, with a tick (√) put at the end of each completed Core Statement
• Each completed Core Statement is awarded 5 marks
• An incomplete Core Statement at the end of an answer may merit 1-4 marks Here, in question 4 of the Documents-based Question, the examiner will be looking to award 5 marks each to four Core Statements for the full 20 marks allocation.

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