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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?
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(Original post by MaryKingcott)
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?
It was iffy
The only thing we learnt about Rasputin, I swear, was the size of his ****....
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It was iffy
The only thing we learnt about Rasputin, I swear, was the size of his ****....
It's funny because I was contemplating whether I should put that in during the exam :L
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the rasputin question was like.. what ;L and the one after that - what did people put??
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the rasputin question was like.. what ;L and the one after that - what did people put??
I agree it was a limited question compared to some in the past but it was worth doing for the 24 marker IMO. I basically waffled on about how he had a reputation for being a womanising drunken etc. and how he was given corrupt influence in power whilst the Tsar was focused on wartime efforts which was damaging the regime's political credibility and the rumoured links with Germany - so he had to be removed. Not sure any of that is worth much, and I definitely couldn't come up with '3+ factors' that are usually required for level 4. Hopefully the 24 mark essay that followed will make up for it.
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For Rasputin I mentioned his rumours about him and Tsarina,
His failure to lead,
Tsarinas links with Germany
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some people across the world are still taking their exams
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or yet to
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For Rasputin I mentioned his rumours about him and Tsarina,
His failure to lead,
Tsarinas links with Germany
thats a relief, I kind of put the same as other people its just none of it felt like actual points, I kinda felt like I was just waffling :confused:
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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.
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what did people put for why he created a zemstva??
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thats a relief, I kind of put the same as other people its just none of it felt like actual points, I kinda felt like I was just waffling :confused:
I waffled too!

Think grade boundaries will be low this year.

Last year 49/72 was an A, probably 45ish this year
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what did people put for why he created a zemstva??
I said that he had to in order to keep some control over the freed serfs, Alexander was influenced by westernisers around him and that the zemstva's were introduced to compensate for the loss of social power of the nobility... I couldn't even think of supporting factual detail for this stupid question
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I said that he had to in order to keep some control over the freed serfs, Alexander was influenced by westernisers around him and that the zemstva's were introduced to compensate for the loss of social power of the nobility... I couldn't even think of supporting factual detail for this stupid question
I mentioned similar things, but also couldn't bring much factual detail into it.

And to the others, yeah I did a hell of a lot of waffling too in the 12 markers. 24 markers went quite well for me although the structure of my first essay was a little messy.
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I mentioned similar things, but also couldn't bring much factual detail into it.

And to the others, yeah I did a hell of a lot of waffling too in the 12 markers. 24 markers went quite well for me although the structure of my first essay was a little messy.
Same here, after leaving the exam hall I realised the 1st 24 mark was a stability/ how successfully did Alexander overcome opposition question in disguise... Guess there was no point in memorising all those "likely" 24-mark essays
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Same here, after leaving the exam hall I realised the 1st 24 mark was a stability/ how successfully did Alexander overcome opposition question in disguise... Guess there was no point in memorising all those "likely" 24-mark essays
What points did you make? I flopped it
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The Rasputin 12 marker was awful!!!! What did everyone get for the 24 marker about the 1917 revolution?
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What points did you make? I flopped it
First Paragraph : Reforms and concessions distanced moderates and liberals from revolutionary politics, helping him consolidate autocracy and maintaining his control
Second Paragraph: Reaction period and use of repression crushed revolutionary threat and ethnic minorities
Third Paragraph: Initial reforms created more opposition that hadn't been there before, struggled to control them and ended up reacting
Fourth Paragraph: Repression just pushed more people to radicalism and Alexander was assassinated by revolutionaries= hadn't been successful

Conclusion: He only seemed to have maintained control on the surface when in reality he was increasing opposition to himself and struggled to deal effectively with different groups.
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The Rasputin 12 marker was awful!!!! What did everyone get for the 24 marker about the 1917 revolution?
For the 1st 2 paragraphs I talked about his weaknesses:
-incompetent and tutored by Pobedonostev= too conservative and didn't address social grievances of peasants and working class= resulted in revolution
-Easily influenced by everyone and made poor decisions= Tsarina in charge, worsened social unrest= explosion of unrest

But I argued the most important factor was the War and it's impacts:
- Mutinies and loss of army because of conscription + high death rates
- economic strains= revolts and strikes- Putilov Strike
Meant Nicholas unable to control strikes (Petrograd Garrison joined protesters)

I was upset there was no Stolypin, so just to make myself feel better I mentioned Stolypin in the conclusion (no particular reason, really)
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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?
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