So with the exam fast approaching (6 June), I haven't yet covered all the content so I decided to do essay plans which would help with the content and exam techniques of course. But I was wondering if any of you guys will be covering the questions/themes of the questions last year? Time's running out and I've got 3 exams between 5-6th June and I don't want to cover more than I have to.
Last year's questions included:
- opposition to the Weimar constitution
- popularity of Nazi government between 1934-45
- German culture shaped around political ideology between 1918-45
- government intervention being the most important factor in German economic development 1945-89
- outbreak of WW2 as result of Hitler and his opponents' blunders
SAMs questions included
- political opposition from extreme right as the most significant threat to stability of the Weimar Republic 1919-29
- How far do you agree Federal Republic faced severe economic and political
challenges in the years 1965–83?
- To what extent were the cultural developments of the Weimar years suppressed by the Nazi regime?
- nature of the government of the Federal Republic in the years 1949–69 was completely different from that of the Nazi regime?
- how convincing do you find the view that Hitler always intended to destroy the state of Poland?
I appreciate that none of you are mind readers lol, but any suggestion/advice would be great!
P.S. I'm having difficulties with writing essays after reading the examiner's report from last year, so any tips in writing essays will also be very much appreciated !
Thank you !
is it possible that same questions can come up??
How did you all find it? Not gonna lie, I think I messed it up - the paper itself was easy but my evaluation was the biggest pile of rubbish, even though I knew the stuff! Agh. Ah well, can't change it now.
Me and my teacher went over Nazi economic policies just before the exam started, so it was nice to see that come up although I'm certain I messed up somehow. Source question was decent, but ran out of time to conclude :/
I'm hoping my coursework and the other 2 exams will push me to an A. Fingers crossed!
I thought it went well! I did Weimar opposition and Nazi vs FRG economics and felt like they were pretty good essays, but I couldn't think of much to say post-1923 for Q1, and same for like post-1960 FRG. I felt like what I wrote was good but I'm worried it didn't cover the questions in the angles they were looking for, mostly. Interpretations was pretty good, I felt, very clear cut arguments that I could support + challenge so I think that went okay but I'm not good at judging my own work.
I put a lot into revising for this exam, probably at the expense of my other subjects heck. So I'm hoping it's at least a high A. The exam itself felt pretty good though, I didn't run out of stamina and I had time to plan and then read through my answers at the end, so I feel like I did as well as I could have.
Did the censorship question but compared it with women, aspects of control in the command economy, trade union control and concentration camp (ss and Gestapo control). Not sure how that went haha. Then did the question on women but my evaluation was a bit all over the place. What did people think about question 3 on western allies??
Question 1 - about how political extremes challenged the effective govt, 1919-30? I did it saying that political extremes, ie KPD and Nazis were prominent during crisis times, but limited in only being a problem in limited time periods. Then I compared other challenges to effective govt - economic problems, opposition to the Weimar government, and problems within the constitution, and overall said the constitution problems were more significant challenge than political extremes. Was that totally the wrong way to go about it? BC if so, ****.
4 - change of role of women, 1945-89. Broke down into role at work/home, attitudes towards them and legal status, and how primarily whilst they gained more opportunities, the work they undertook was vastly similar, women remained primarily viewed in terms of the family and home - but the biggest change was their legal status, how they gained rights and autonomy legally. So it wasn't a total change, but there was a significant amount. Again, not sure.
5. Didn't expect western allies to go to war in 1939 - honestly I did this fairly straightforward agree disagree, although in hindsight the first extract contradicted itself a bit. Honestly not sure on this one, not sure I was critical enough of their arguments. I think in the end I argued that there was more evidence of a long term plan for war, so it wasn't unexpected that war occured in 1939 and was one of Hitler's intentions, whether at Poland or in further invasions. Idk tho. Not too confident bout this paper gotta admit.
Did anyone clock how last years questions came up in the exam for Section A? Does anyone think questions will be repeated in other exams?
I had a strong feeling women’s role and political extremism would come up and something about the economic policies. It’s usually political and economic or cultural questions