(Original post by Madaemosewa)
To start of with, if you're stuck, it's always best to try and interpret what the question at hand is trying to ask you to do. So..
The question was ''How far does this source show British society in 1906''
With this question, you are to try and work out what it's trying to ask you to write about, in this case..
The aim of this question was to discuss how far it represents British society in that one picture based on what was shown, and what was happening at that time. You were also to discuss the limitations of this source as-well.
So basically, how much does the source show British society in 1906?
To start off with, you should always look at the source first and come up with a judgement based on what you see and the question.
Judgement: I believe that this source shows British society in 1906 to an certain extent.
> Now you've got to discuss why it does shows British society in the picture and how it doesn't. (I would split this into 2 separate paragraphs)
> Okley dokely..
Paragraph 1: This source shows a group of children being helped out by the charity Bernardo's (Source detail). This is very representative of British society at the time as children were also being helped out across the country by the ''Free school meals act'' of 1906. (Contextual- background knowledge). This shows British society at the time.
Paragraph 2: However, it could be argued that it does not show British society in the source; this is because Britain had a society that stretches far beyond children and the poor social divisions. For example, it shows nothing of the rich, elderly, the working man. All of which could be argued are together the most representative of British society. This is as the rich were in possession of the majority of wealth across the country, which was very important. And also, the working man was in the limelight at this time.
> And finally, to end this answer, we need a conclusion (We can't just leave the examiner in the dark- he/she needs to know our final answer.)
Conclusion: So to conclude, I believe that overall this source does not show British society in 1906. To start with, it only shows that of children and those who have been abandoned. Children do hardly represent the society of Britain and in my opinion, British society is highly represented by those of the working classes and the rich. Unlike what is shown in the source... This is as the working man was the main person of the family and was the wage earner and the rich held the majority of the wealth in Britain. Over 90% of the wealth for 1% of the population as shown in the social reformer Seehbohm Rowntree's population- wealth diagram.
So here we have it folks, a full mark answer to question 2.
I hope I helped. Inbox me or post on this thread more questions about the exam and I'm sure to help. Over and out.