Mock exam paper A Higher Level



Field of Study: Later Modern, 1815 – 1993

Written examination: 400 marks

Duration: 2 hours and 50 minutes

Instructions to candidates:

Attempt Sections 1, 2 and 3 inside.

Section 1 (100 marks)

Documents-based question (Ireland: Topic 5).

Answer all parts of this section.

Section 2 (100 marks)

Ireland: Topics 1, 2, 3, 4, 6.

Answer one question from one topic.

Section 3 (200 marks)

Europe and the wider world: Topics 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

Answer one question on each of two topics.


Ireland: Topic 5

Politics and society in Northern Ireland, 1949 – 1993

Case study to which the documents relate:

The Coleraine University Controversy

Study the documents opposite and answer the questions below:

  1. (a) According to document A, what had “enhanced” John Hume's “sense of isolation”?

(b) According to document A, why was the defeated University for Derry campaign “ still significant”?

(c) In document B, list three problems the Lockwood Committee has found with Magee College as the site for a new university.

(d) According to document B, why would it be unwise to ask Magee for any “elaboration of its evidence”? (20)

  1. (a) To what extent do the two documents agree or disagree on the suitability of Magee College as the nucleus of a new university? Refer to both documents in your answer.

(b) Does document A confirm the warning in document B that it would be “unwise to raise expectations” about the possible role of Magee in any new university? Explain your answer, referring to both documents. (20)

  1. (a) Which document, A or B, is the more objective source? Explain your answer, referring to both documents.

(b) What is the value to an historian of documents like documents A and B above? Explain your answer, referring to both documents. (20)

  1. To what extent was the decision to site Northern Ireland's new university in Coleraine rather than Derry proof of a “West of the Bann” policy at Stormont? (40)

-Document A

John Hum...

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