Mock exam paper B Ordinary Level Marking Scheme

PRE LEAVING CERTIFICATE 2012

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MARKING SCHEME

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HISTORY

ORDINARY LEVEL

SECTION 1: DOCUMENTS-BASED QUESTION (DBQ) (100 Marks)

There are four parts in the Documents-based question:

1. Comprehension (40 marks)

2. Comparison (20 marks)

3. Criticism (20 marks)

4. Contextualisation (20 marks)

1. Comprehension (40 marks)

1(a) Belgium or the Belgian government or the Belgian administration. 8M.

(b) The secession of Katanga. 8M.

(c) 30th June 1960. 8M.

(d) By fighting - “a day-to-day fight, an ardent and idealistic fight, a fight in which we were spared neither privation nor suffering, and for which we gave our strength and our blood”. 8M.

(e) The struggle to build a happy, peaceful and prosperous Congo - “a sublime struggle, which will lead our country to peace, prosperity and greatness”. 8M.

2. Comparison (20 marks)

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

No, the two documents do not agree = 2M.

Document A suggests a kindly, “nursemaid” Belgium handed over power quite easily = 4M.

Document B says that independence was only achieved after fighting “a day-to-day fight, an ardent and idealistic fight, a fight in which we were spared neither privation nor suffering, and for which we gave our strength and our blood” = 4M.

Mark the quality of the explanation on its merits.

  1. Comments must relate to documents A and B.

No, the two documents do not agree = 2M.

Document A depicts Katanga defiantly breaking away from the Congo and thus suggests division and discord in the near future for the Congo = 4M.

Document B predicts a future of “peace, prosperity and greatness” = 4M.

Mark the quality of the explanation on its merits.

3. Criticism (20 marks)

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

Both documents contain evidence of bias = 2M.

Document A: (i) is by an English cartoonist and appears in an English newspaper and England has a colonial past and might well sympathise more with the coloniser rather than the colonised, (ii) the Congolese are shown as un...

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