Sample exam responses

sample exam responses

On this page, you will find some sample exam responses for common History (Revolutions) exam questions. Each question is followed by a genuine student response. This is accompanied by feedback from experienced teachers, outlining what constitutes a good exam answer and some common problems and pitfalls.

American Revolution

Section A Question 1/2 – The presence of British troops in America
Section A Question 1/2 – the impact of the Townshend duties
Section A Question 1/2 – the Boston Tea Party
Section A Question 3 – Brogan on the US Constitution
Section B Question 1 – “Bostonians Paying the Excise-man”

French Revolution

Section A Question 1/2 – food shortages and inflation
Section A Question 1/2 – the Assembly of Notables
Section A Question 1/2 – the storming of the Bastille
Section A Question 3 – the sans culottes
Section B Question 1 – taxation
Section B Question 1 – the ‘burden of the Third Estate’

Russian Revolution

Section A Question 1/2 – the role of the State Duma
Section A Question 1/2 – the ideas of Vladimir Lenin
Section A Question 1/2 – the Provisional Government
Section A Question 3 – Orlando Figes on the NEP
Section B Question 1 – the 1905 Revolution
Section B Question 1 – ‘A Modern Delilah’

Chinese Revolution
Section A Question 1/2 – the Boxer Rebellion
Section A Question 1/2 – the Guomindang
Section A Question 3 – the Hundred Flowers campaign
Section B Question 1 – Luding Bridge


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