Mock exam paper B Higher Level Marking Scheme








1. Comprehension (20 marks)

1(a) The man on the ladder represents British rule – by his dress and by the fact he is “leaving India” by climbing off the elephant and raising his top-hat. 5M.

(b) Jinnah has tied the elephant’s tail into a representation of dynamite and is about to light the fuse which will cause the elephant, representing India, to stampede – in other words Jinnah is about to plunge India into chaos. 5M.

(c) Congress says that if partition is conceded, it is a “necessary corollary that there should also be a division of Bengal and the Punjab”. 5M.

(d) “The Viceroy said that the only hope of checking widespread communal warfare was to suppress the first signs of it promptly and ruthlessly, using all the force required, including tanks and aircraft, and giving full publicity throughout India to the action taken and the reasons for it”. 5M.

2. Comparison (20 marks)

2(a) Comments must relate to documents A and B.

The two documents strongly agree on the likelihood of imminent violence in India. In Document A, Jinnah has tied an explosive device to the tail of the elephant which represents India and is about to light the fuse, suggesting a huge, rampaging, clumsy beast is about to wreak havoc – i.e. violence is imminent. In Document B we are told that: “unless a very early announcement was made of the method… intended to transfer power, widespread communal disturbances would be inevitable”. Document B also says that: “communal feeling in India was now intense and it was possible that serious disorders might break out in the Punjab and certain other Provinces at any time” – emphasising that the violence is imminent. Also, the fact that, in Document B, plans are being made to use “all the force required, including tanks and aircraft”, tells us that serious violence is highly likely.

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