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1. Answer all questions.

2. It may be possible to write answers which overlap (i.e. to write about the same subject twice). This should be avoided.

Scripts will be penalised if there is a repetition of material.

3. The time allowed is TWO HOURS.  Marks will be allocated as follows:

Question 1 – 30 marks (15 marks each)

Question 2 – 25 marks

Question 3 – 20 marks

Question 4 – 25 marks

4. Please send this paper by first-class post after it has been done to:

A.H.Beadles,Chaff Barn, Downyard, Compton Pauncefoot, Yeovil, Somerset.  BA22 7EL. Tel: 01963 440461.  e-mail:

Please enclose a formal certificate stating that the timetable was properly observed and proper invigilation provided.  Candidates whose papers are sent without this certificate are liable to disqualification.

Use the time appropriately.

1. Write fully on TWO of the following:

The Roman Conquest of Britain

George I and George II

St Wilfrid of York (633-709)

Robert Walpole (1676-1745)

The Venerable Bede (673-735)

The Battle of Culloden (1746)

Offa’s Dyke (789)

The East India Company (1600-1874)

The Sutton Hoo Ship Burial

The American Declaration of Independence (1776)

Ethrelred the Unredy (978-1016)

The Canal Age in England

William II (1087-1100)

Voltaire (1694-1778)

Thomas Becket (1118-1170)

The Battle of Waterloo (1815)

The Loss of Normandy (1204)

William Wordsworth (1790-1850)

King John and Magna Carta (1215-1216)

The Peterloo Massacre (1819)

The importance of Simon de Montfort (1208-65)

Edward Jenner (1749-1823)

Concentric Castles

Railways in Britain from 1825 to 1846

The Declaration of Arbroath (1320)

The Repeal of the Corn Laws (1846)

The Battle of Crecy (1346)

The Origin of Species (1859)

The reasons for the Wars of the Roses

Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

The Longbow

The influence of Queen Victoria

Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (1387)

Great Britain’s part in the Crimean War (1854-6)

The Aztecs in Mexico (1325-1521)

Cecil Rhodes (1853-1902)

John and Sebastian Cabot

The Suez Canal

The successes of Henry VII

The League of Nations (1919-1945)

Sir Thomas More (1478-1535)

The Great Depression of the 1930s

The 1549 Prayer Book

Mahatma Gandhi (1769-1848)

Mary, Queen of Scots (1542-1587)

Winston Churchill as a War Leader

Sir Francis Drake (1540-1596)

The Battle of El Alamein (1942)

Elizabethan Drama

The Battle of Stalingrad

The importance of the 1st Duke of Buckingham

The Fall of Adolf Hitler

The Founding of Virginia - 1609 onwards

The Berlin Wall (1961-1989)

The Battle of Edgehill (1642)

The Creation of the European Union

The Rebuilding of London after the Great Fire

North Sea Oil discovered (1969)

William Dampier (1651-1715)

Bloody Sunday in Northern Ireland (1972)

The Bloody Assizes (1686)

The Gulf War (1990-1991)

2. You are commissioned to make a radio programme on some historical event that particularly fascinates you.  You are asked to (and can by magic) interview suitable people from the past for this programme.  Name the event and write down the content of at least two interviews for the programme.

3. EITHER: Choose any battle (but not the Battle of Hastings!) and compose an article by the victorious commander explaining how the battle had been won and how the future was likely to be affected by the result.  State clearly the name of the battle and the commander and start with ‘I’.  OR: Write a diary of ONE day about any historical event before 1950.  Name the event and who you are at the start.

4. Answer ONE of the following:  Write the letter and title clearly at the start of your essay.

a) We have considerable archaeological evidence of the 400 years of Roman occupation of England.  Describe what this evidence tells us about the nature of Roman rule and life in England at the time.

b) What factors allowed William, Duke of Normandy to become William I of England, and then establish his power over the country?

c) The following Plantagenet Kings are usually regarded to be the most significant and successful: Henry II, Edward I, Edward III.  Choose ONE and assess his achievements.

d) Write on ONE of the following and assess its importance: the reign of Alfred the Great; the Domesday Book (1086); the Third Crusade (1190); the Peasants’ Revolt (1381); The Development of Castles in the England; Lollardy; the Franciscans.

e) Why did Edward I find it possible to conquer and subdue Wales, yet have less success in Scotland?

f) Choose any ONE unsuccessful rebellion in England.  Say why it occurred and why it failed.

g) The Booker Prize Winner for 2009 was a novel based on the life of Henry VIII’s minister, Thomas Cromwell.  Tell the story of Thomas Cromwell’s rise to power and career, and assess his achievements.

h) Write on ONE of the following: Henry VIII and two of his marriages; the dramatic events of the reign of Mary I; the political success of Elizabeth I; the clash between James I and his Parliaments; the events leading to the outbreak of the Civil War in 1642; the success of the New Model Army; the political achievements of Oliver Cromwell; the Restoration of Charles II and its consequences; the rapid downfall of James II.

i) Choose any ONE British Prime Minister in the 18th, 19th or 20th centuries.  Assess the reasons for his or her rise to power and outline his or her achievements in office.

j) Either: Why did the American colonists demand independence from Great Britain and then achieve it by 1783?  Or: Why did the Union under Abraham Lincoln triumph in the American Civil War?

k) Why was Great Britain able to lead the world in industrial development between 1750 and 1850?

l) Choose any scientist or inventor, and describe his or her achievements and importance.

m) Choose any TWO great journeys or voyages of exploration.  Explain briefly what was discovered and contrast their importance.

n) If you have studied any particular family or local history, outline the details and say how it has helped you to understand the nature of historical research.

o) What were the four most important turning points in the defeat of Germany in either World War I or World War II.  Justify your choice.

p) Write on ONE of the following: the triumph of the Bolsheviks in Russia in 1917; Apartheid in South Africa; the invention of the Silicon Chip (1959); the Vietnam War (1963-1975); the Falklands War (1982).

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