Comparison questions are worth 4 marks.
You should show twoways that the sources agree or disagree.
You can get one mark for giving an overall comparison – do the sources mostly agree or disagree?
You can also get one mark for summarising a specific issue about which the two sources agree/disagree and second mark for providing the relevant “quotes” from the sources.
- Example – One mark (overall comparison)
Overall sources A and B mostly agree about slave punishments.
- Example – One mark (simple comparison)
Sources A and B agree that the most common type of slave punishment was whipping.
- Example – Two marks (developed comparison)
Sources A and B agree that the most common type of slave punishment was whipping. Source A says “slaves were usually punished using a whip” and Source B says “whippings were the one punishment that all slaves faced”.
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There are six types of questions in a National 5 History exam paper. Some of them involve using your own knowledge whilst some of them use sources. You can visit Mr Marr’s YouTube page to get advice videos on how to answer each type of question.
In this section you can get information on answering each of these questions, as well as examples for you to check your knowledge. You can also look at an example exam paper.
If you try any of the example questions, ask your teacher to check your work for you.
* Describe questions (Knowledge)
* Explain questions (Knowledge)
* Short essay questions (Knowledge)
* How fully? questions (Sources)
* ‘Evaluate the usefulness’ questions (Sources)
* Comparison questions (Sources)
* Example National 5 exam paper
You can also use or print off this helpful guide on how to answer each type of exam question.
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