Mock exam paper D Higher Level

History – Higher Level

Field of Study: Later Modern, 1815 – 1993

Written examination: 400 marks

Instructions to candidates:

Attempt Sections 1, 2 and 3 inside.

  • Section 1 (100 marks)

Documents-based question (Ireland: Topic 3).

Answer all parts of this section.

  • Section 2 (100 marks)

Ireland: Topics 1, 2, 4, 5, 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 3

The Pursuit of Sovereignty and the Impact of Partition, 1912 – 1949

Case study to which the documents relate:

The Anglo-Irish Treaty Negotiations

Study the documents opposite and answer the questions below:

1(a) In Document A, as who is David Lloyd-George depicted?

(b) In Document A, where or what does the ladder lead to?

(c) According to Document B, what reason does de Valera give for not supporting acceptance of the Treaty?

(d) According to Document B, does de Valera favour a violent or peaceful solution to the problem?


2(a) Do the documents agree on the prospects for the future of the Irish Free State? Refer to both documents in your answer.

(b) Which document, A or B, provides a better insight into this period of Irish history? Refer to both documents in your answer.


3(a) Do you consider Document B to be an objective source? Give reasons for your answer.

(b) How useful are political cartoons, such as Document A, to historians?


4 Why were the Anglo-Irish Treaty negotiations so controversial?


-Document A-

A political cartoon commenting on the Anglo-Irish Treaty negotiations, 1921.

-Document B-

De Valera's letter to the Press, 9th December 1921

My have seen in the public Press the text of the proposed Treaty with Great Britain. The terms of this Treaty are in violent conflict with the wishes of the majority of the Nation as expressed freely in successive elections during the last three years. I feel it my duty to inform you immediately that I cannot r...

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