14th May: I'm not going to lie. Those questions were a shock! Despite not revising in detail about Rasputin, I managed alright. However, the Zemstva and Revolution questions really threw me off.
Was it just me?
the rasputin question was like.. what ;L and the one after that - what did people put??
For Rasputin I mentioned his rumours about him and Tsarina,
His failure to lead,
Tsarinas links with Germany
some people across the world are still taking their exams
I mentioned how the influence he had in political circles frustrated ministers andhis rumoured affair with the Tsarina which led to accusations of sabotaging the war effort.
what did people put for why he created a zemstva??
The Rasputin 12 marker was awful!!!! What did everyone get for the 24 marker about the 1917 revolution?
That exam was as bad, possibly worse than I was expecting. It's like they tried to pick topics that were as obscure and vague as possible. Which when you think about how big the subject is and how much we have to learn is really not cool.
What's more annoying is we are always told not to just do narrative! How can they set a question about why Rasputin was killed and expect us not to write in a narrative style? What figures were we supposed to include, how big his wanger was? How much beer he drunk a night?